The Hour of Code is back for 2019, December 9th – 15th… Now entering its 7th year, the Hour of Code movement continues to grow and so far has reached over 100 million students in more than 180 countries across 45 languages, and code.org, who organise the global event claim that over 800 million hours have been hosted online since 2012.
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide event to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
How can I get involved?
Anyone can organise an Hour of Code event, anywhere in the world and code.org provide a handy how-to guide explaining how to setup and register an Hour of Code event at your school or in your community…
I don’t know anything about coding. Can I still host an event?
Crucially, all Hour of Code activities are self-guided and code.org have options for every age and experience-level, from infants and up. Try out some of their current tutorials and choose what suits best. Also, take steps to ensure your class is at the centre of the learning by getting them to work in pairs and mixing ability levels appropriately, encourage discussion, promote problem solving and cross-class sharing.
What are the benefits?
Apart from getting an opportunity to try computer coding and have opportunities that develop the necessary problem solving skills, all in a fun environment, every student that takes part gets a certificate of participation. Just go to the certificates page where you can print certificates for your entire class.
So, what next?
All you need to do is complete the Host an Hour registration form (Before December 11th) and then follow the 7 steps… That’s all there’s to it…
And after the Hour of Code?
The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. The hour is only a taster to show that computer science is fun and creative. Its all about the number that participate and lighting the spark of curiosity that students can take on. Millions of the participating teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour – using code.org’s own suite of introduction courses, or indeed going further a field exploring, Scratch, Raspberry Pi Education, Khan Academy, MakeCode, CS First, Hopscotch, to mention just a few…