Thursday, 21 November 2013

Hour of Code - introduce your students to simple programming

Contact: TASITE
W: www.tasite.tas.edu.au/events.htm#HourOfCode

Location: Online - at your school!
Dates: Week of 9-15 December

Intended Audience: Curriculum coordinators, ICT coordinators, classroom teachers

The "Hour of Code" campaign is aimed at giving every student K-12 a 1-hour introduction to computer programming during . A range of free resources has been developed to help schools and teachers provide this opportunity. Tasmanian schools may wish to take up this opportunity with some students.

Hour of Code - a one-hour introduction to computer science for all age ranges, during 9-15 December (Computer Science Education Week). See the Hour of Code website and the Computer Science Education Week website for resources.

Code.org, the non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education, announced a US-wide campaign calling on every K-12 student (in the US) to join an "Hour of Code." The initiative asks schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013. The organization also announced the support of multiple organizations and individuals, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman and Jack Dorsey.

TASITE believes that Australian schools should consider participating and making use of the resources.

The "Hour of Code "campaign aims to demystify computer science for students across the country by taking them through introductory tutorials that can be completed online, on a smartphone, or even unplugged. Code.org will offer online self-guided tutorials authored by numerous educational groups and is challenging teachers, parents and even employers to encourage students of all ages to engage during Computer Science Education Week. There will even "unplugged" tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.

Code.org's own tutorial has been created in collaboration with engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook. Designed as a game that teaches basic coding principles, it will feature guest lectures by technologists including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg and artwork from popular games such as Rovio's "Angry Birds" and PopCap Games' "Plants vs. Zombies."

Free, online and students can even do it at home.