Tuesday's Tech Tip!
The Hour of Code!
Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15)
Teach the Hour of Code in your classroom
The Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), we're making history and recruiting 10 million to join in and do the Hour of Code.
Quick Tips for Educators:
Prep for the Hour of Code:
Choose a tutorial for your students
- Check out the tutorials and pick one for your class. Note: more international/multilingual support is on its way.
- Go through the tutorial yourself so you can help students during the Hour of Code.
- Test tutorials on student computers or devices. Make sure they work properly (with sound and video).
- Preview the congrats page to see what students will see when they finish.
- If the tutorial you choose works best with sound, provide headphones for your class, or ask students to bring their own.
Plan ahead based on your technology available
- Don't have enough devices? Use pair programming. When students partner up, they help each other and rely less on the teacher. They’ll also see that computer science is social and collaborative.
- Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the class, so each student isn't downloading their own videos.
When your students come across difficulties
- Tell students, “Ask 3 then me.” Ask 3 classmates, and if they don’t have the answer, then ask the teacher.
- Encourage students and offer positive reinforcement: “You’re doing great, so keep trying.”
- It’s okay to respond to respond: “I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.” If you can’t figure out a problem, use it as a good learning lesson for the class: “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want. Together, we’re a community of learners.” And: “Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.“
- Check the Hour of Code forum to ask questions and see FAQs.
What to do if a student finishes early?
- Students can see all tutorials and try another Hour of Code activity at code.org/learn.
- Or, ask students who finish early to help classmates who are having trouble with the activity.
The Hour of Code is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications. To continue this journey, find additional resources for educators here.