HOUR OF CODE AT LIBERTY OAKS
DECEMBER 8-14, 2014
This is an opportunity to try something new.... NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! There are one-hour tutorials for all ages.
WHAT IS CODE?
Code is the program instructions that people create and use in computer science.
"Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more."
WHY SHOULD WE LEARNING CODING?
- Digital literacy
- Problem-solving skills
- How to create websites, apps, computer programs, calculators, etc.
- Career skills*
*Over the next 10 years it is estimated there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only 400,000 graduates qualified to do them.
Coding also stimulates design & creativity and strengthens math skills.
WHEN IS THE HOUR OF CODE?
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN HOUR OF CODE?
Read "Quick Tips for Educators" at http://code.org/learn
Have students complete tutorial(s) at http://studio.code.org/
Different "Courses" are for different grades:
Course 1 is recommended for K-1.
Course 2 is recommended for 2-5.
Course 3 is recommended for 4-5.
There are also "Fun for Everybody" activities.
Tutorials for Studio.code.org
Watch Courses video
Read Teacher/Student sign-up directions
- Pair up with your buddy class and match each younger student with an older student (Every 3rd-5th grader has a Chromebook that could be used).
- Have students work together on computers or ipads
- Explore the free program Scratch
- Download the free app Tinker
- Watch videos explaining coding (Code.Org YouTube channel)
- Talk with your Innovation and Learning Coach about ideas!
WHERE ARE SOME OTHER RESOURCES?
Computer science for elementary school (Code.org)
How to teach one Hour of Code (hourofcode.com)
Cool Tools to Help Kids Learn to Code (Common Sense Media)