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Take an Hour to Plan for Hour of Code

Nov 24, 2017 2017-11-24

By Cara Hagen

I’m middle-aged. However, when I look at all of the opportunities students have today to learn, I feel young again. Flexible learning spaces, multiple literacies, maker spaces, and coding with kids are ideas that didn't exist when I was young. As an education technology professional and one-time middle school English teacher, coding with kids and coding as literacy are especially appealing to me.

What is Hour of Code?
For the past four years, Hour of Code has involved more than 400 million students from 180+ countries in coding. In just one hour, students begin to realize that coding doesn't have to be difficult or complicated. Coding is included in both the Common Core Math and English Language Arts Standards, as well as the standards from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

How Do My Students Participate?
There are as many free resources available to help you plan your Hour of Code as there are ways to participate. Helpful websites include the following:

Need More Encouragement to Start?
  • Currently only 20 percent of students in high school and college programming classes are girls, but 50 percent of students in Hour of Code are girls.
  • Students are exploring Hour of Code in more than 45 languages, making it a truly global experience.
  • Participants in Hour of Code can be any age with any level of literacy, from preschool students to nursing home residents and nonreaders to individuals with advanced degrees.
  • Hour of Code doesn’t have to be during December 4–10, 2017. If you prefer, select a different time that works better for your learners.
  • Partners and sponsors donate robots and circuits to more than 100 registered participating classrooms in the United States.
  • Almost 32,000 educators have already registered to participate. Join them by registering to participate.

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

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