I'm so proud of those who participated in Hour of Code! Here are just a few shots from around the district:
What is it?
Code is how programmers speak to computers. It's how they get laptops, phones, tablets, and most electronic devices to do what they want. If students can learn to code, there is nothing they cannot do! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. View this publication for more information.
When is it?
December 8-14, Computer Science Education Week.
How can You do it?
From learning basic coding to creating apps and games, Code.org has great, step-by-step tutorials that will walk your students through the process of coding! You can have your students go to this site and choose a theme they like or you can choose one for them! They will code for an hour, getting as far as they can. All tutorials offered require minimal prep-time for teachers and are self-guided, allowing students to work at their own pace and skill level! Sign up for your computer lab, iPads, or laptops, and give your give your students an opportunity to explore coding. Students can even work in groups or partners! There are even lessons that teach computer science concepts without using electronic devices! (See the "unplugged" examples at the above link if you would like to participate but have trouble securing access to devices; these can be taught with pen and paper, a deck of cards, and other things you may have readily available.) Learn more about how to get started teaching by visiting Code.org's How To Teach One Hour of Code guide. You can also watch the video below:
Get your students excited!
Show them an inspirational video to kick it off! Videos include:
No Sign-up Required
Students can participate by simply going to the website of the tutorial of your choice. They do not need an email! Teachers do not have to sign up, either, but if you do, there are chances to win awesome prizes, including an all-expenses-paid trip for you and your class to Washington DC for a special Hour of Code, a class set of laptops for your school (one in each state!), a class set of programmable robots, a live video chat for your class to talk to famous people like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, actor Ashton Kutcher, and recording artist Usher, and other prizes!
Are you interested?
Please email me to let me know of any questions you may have! I would also love for you to take pictures and send them to me if you and your students are able to participate in this world-wide event. If you plan to participate, please let me know by completing this short form.
My name is Beth Dabney. I
have been working in Anderson School District 2 for nine years. I was a fourth
grade math and science teacher at Belton Elementary School for the first seven
years of my career. I am looking forward to working with the amazing employees
of Anderson Two to implement different technologies to help enhance learning for