Cracking the Code…Again?

Circa this time last year I blogged about Cracking the Code, a post highlighting the ever growing popularity of coding activities in Ireland and it would appear that this growth has continued in spades, the number of Coder Dojo clubs for instance this time last year was 77 that number’s now in excess of 200. However as previously mooted much of the publicity around coding tends to be focused on after school activities  however there are many schools nationwide doing pioneering work in this space also.

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code.org logoif you are one of the many Teachers interested in getting started coding with your students but wondering where to start, it’s back! and fast approaching so help is at hand…The Hour of Code week (December 7th – 13th)is a global coding event with millions of students in over 170 countries, participating in one hour of coding. Organised and hosted by Code.org The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics, no experience needed, ages 4 – 104!.  As code.org’s participant demographic is all encompassing so are their superb online tutorials, with characters and adventures to draw in  student’s of all ages, including Flappy Bird, Anna & Elsa and Star Wars…

The latest addition is the Minecraft Hour of Code for all those would –be zombies and creepers to learn code basics through Minecraft themed lessons. They’ll learn how to use blocks of code to make Steve or Alex, adventure through a Minecraft world,with video walkthroughs from the game developers, Mojang on building code to get their characters to achieve various goals like shearing sheep and breaking down trees into wood resources…

Now in it’s third year the Hour od Code is supported by  almost all of the major tech companies including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter . Also @code.org you’ll find video tutorials fronted by the likes  of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey,  Jens Bergensten , Drew Houston, Susan Wojcick,and many, many more…Best of all it’s completely free to use.

To sign-up visit https://hourofcode.com/ie  and as an organiser you’ll even get a thank you gift, so get coding…

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