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Hour of Code

Just One Hour

Nov 30, 2018 2018-11-30

Next week, December 3–9, students and educators worldwide are encouraged to spend an hour during the school week to explore the concepts of coding and computational thinking through Hour of Code. provides an opportunity for all learners, young and old, to explore something new and different.

Are you new to coding? Have no worries; content is available for all ages and experiences in more than 45 languages.

Are you an experienced coder? Hour of Code offers content and resources for advanced users, so everyone can find a place.

Are you interested in learning about coding but lack the tools or access to the internet? There are many “unplugged” activities you can do to explore the concepts and be ready when a device and access are available.

If you answered yes to any of these questions or the answers describe your students, Hour of Code is for you. In fact, it’s for everyone. Use the following resources to learn, share, and teach an Hour of Code.

  • Home page for the Hour of Code with resources, lessons, and activities, as well as where to register a class as participants.
  • YouTube channel with videos to excite, teach, and encourage learners.
  • Khan Academy content for Hour of Code.
  • Shake Up Learning Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code.

Finally, if you don’t feel comfortable teaching anything related to coding, don’t panic. Many of the tutorials provided by Hour of Code are self-directed. Students can walk their way through learning while you learn next to them.

Cara Hagen (@cdhagen) is a former Lead Education Technology Consultant for TIES in Minnesota. She chaired the annual TIES Education Technology Conference and led professional development sessions locally, regionally, and nationally. She is an active member and supporter of ISTE and CoSN.

Computer Science/Coding/Programming Computational Thinking Educational Technology

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