2020 Hour of Code Resources!

Celebrate Computer Science Ed Week with an Hour of Code!

What is Hour of Code?

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries during Computer Science Education Week December 7-13, 2020.

Ed Tech Take Out: The Most Wonderful Time of the YEar

Check out episode 84 of the Ed Tech Take Out where we talk about Hour of Code resources and ideas!


Our friend, colleague, and all-round great human being, Corey Rogers, joins us again as a guest co-host to talk about this year's Hour of Code. What does that look like in a pandemic, and what are the best resources for you to take advantage of? Corey has the answers!

Show notes and links for everything discussed in the show can be found at: dlgwaea.org/podcast/84


You can follow Jonathan (@jonathanwylie) and Mindy (@TeamCairney) on Twitter, and see all the tweets from the Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team at @DLGWAEA. You can also email us with questions or ideas, podcast@gwaea.org.

Join us for Hour of Code 2020!

Learn today, build a brighter tomorrow.

Code.org introduced Computer Science for Good in 2019 to show students that computer science can be a powerful tool for positive change, but that it’s equally important to wield this tool responsibly.


The events of this year have further shown this to be true, illuminating both the great promises and perils of technology. We rely on technology to keep us connected, but we’ve also seen how biased algorithms can divide us on the basis of race or gender. We rely on our technology to keep us informed, but we’ve also seen how easy it is to spread misinformation. We rely on our technology to stay productive, but we’ve left behind those who don’t have access to the internet.


In a year full of unexpected events, one thing is certain: it is more important than ever for students to learn computer science and technologies like artificial intelligence to help build the society we envision. (Read full article here.)

How do I host an Hour of Code?

2020-21 NewBoCo, GWAEA, & IT Sector Board Industry Partner & Hour of Code Partnership

Step 1: Register

ALL PreK-12 GWAEA Educators: Don't forget to REGISTER with us at bit.ly/GWAEAHoC20 and at the Hour of Code website. We'll send you stickers and posters when you register.


We are collaborating with NewBoCo & the IT Sector board to provide classroom connections to Industry Partners for the 2020-21 school year! Industry partners will briefly share about their jobs in Computer Science & Information Technology and then assist teachers with engaging in computer science activities. You can host your industry partner face to face or virtually, depending on your needs. Please contact Gary Vogt, gary.vogt@kirkwood.edu, to request an industry partner connection.

Step 2: Plan your event

Need help planning an Hour of Code? The Digital Learning Team has an Hour of Code Event Planning Template and an example you can use to get started.


Code.org has wonderful resources for you at https://hourofcode.com/us/how-to as well as their own planning guide.

Step 3: Select activities from our resources

This year we have created resource collections to help you quickly and easily host an hour or code no matter the current instruction model in your district.


Grab & Go resources you can use immediately:

  • CodeBytes! - Live 20 minute lessons at 10a & 3:30p hosted daily December 7 - 11
  • Take a Code Break! - 12 recorded episodes with inspirational guests & activities for all kids


Variety of resources to meet your unique classroom model & needs:


Resources to use CS for Change:


Check out our Hour of Code resources from 2018 & 2019 that include our favorite online and unplugged activities at the Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team's website. You'll find resources organized by grade bands and by content areas.
Do you have Sphero? Dash? Hummingbird Bit? Ozobot? Micro:bit? Littlebits? LEGO Mindstorms?


Check out these Hour of Code activities designed specifically for your robots and physical computing kits: https://hourofcode.com/us/learn/robotics

Step 4: Share your event on Social Media!

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Use the hashtags #CSforGWAEA, #CSforIA, #CSEdWeek, and #HourOfCode on social media to spread the word before your event and to celebrate afterword!

Step 5: Go Beyond an Hour of Code

What will you do to go BEYOND an Hour of Code? Start by connecting with CS educators across Iowa!


We invite you to join CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) & CSTA Iowa to connect with like-minded educators and for access to resources. Please visit our website to see events, resources, previous newsletters, and member spotlights..


You can also connect with other Iowa CS educators by following CSTA Iowa (@IowaCSTA) on Twitter, joining the Iowa CS Teachers Facebook Group, or by joining the Iowa CS Teacher email list.

Beyond an Hour of Code: CS Learning Opportunities for Educators

Questions? Contact Us!

Hour of Code is a wonderful way to build excitement and provide students and educators opportunities to code! Please contact Corey Rogers if you're interested in incorporating Computer Science and coding into your learning community.


If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Corey (crogers@gwaea.org) or your district's Digital Learning Consultant for more information.

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