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Hour of Code Roll Call From Around the World

The Hour of Code is a global movement in 180+ countries that 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 effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities

How will you celebrate the Hour of Code 2020 this year?  

Then join our discussion and share your Hour of Code activities that you will implement with your students. Also share your ideas of WHY computer science is important and how the Hour of Code can jump start students into learning about computer science.

And last but not least, we would like for you to participate in our interactive Roll Call Map from Around the World. Drop a pin on our interactive Google Map and let us know where you are from. (click here to see how to add your pinDon't forget to add your name to the map as well as say hello in the thread.


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Submitted by Vanessa Jones on Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:47

Do you need help in getting started with the Hour of Code. No worries. Check out these resources. Hover over the resource to see the link.

Hour of Code- Getting Started

Hour of Code- Activities 

Promoting the Hour of Code

Hour of Code FAQs

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Submitted by Vanessa Jones on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 13:18

Hello Everyone,

I'm Vanessa Jones and I live in Austin, Texas. I have participated in the Hour of Code since the very beginning in 2013.  Share where you are from in this thread as well as post your name and city, state, and or country on our Roll Call Map.

 

Check out this resource https://www.csedweek.org/teach  It has downloadable posters, resources and links to events during CSed Week.

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Submitted by Roger Steele on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 15:29

Thank you so much Vanessa for spearheading the Austin ISD coding effort over the last 6 years.  To see Kindergarten students using conditionals to solve code.org activities is so enlightening.  They are learning logic, which will benefit the students in all subject areas as well as the choices they make in life.  When parents would walk into the classroom and see the young ones employing conditionals to solve a puzzle, they knew they just saw the future.  Children employing deep thinking logical skills via persistence to problem solve.  

Over the last 6 years, I've seen many students carry with them their love for coding by digging deeper and now many of these elementary students are now in High School and they want to keep coding.  They want jobs in the tech industry and now have skills that have put them on this path.

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Submitted by Vanessa Jones on Sat, 12/05/2020 - 14:13

Roger this is really great. We love when educators share their experiences and their advocacy stories for computer science. Please continue to share your ideas and resources!

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Submitted by Andrea Wilson Vazquez on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 14:50

One activity that I've found especially effective in facilitating these discussions with students and fellow educators is Code.org's AP CSP Machine Learning & Bias Lesson and AI for Oceans activity (see the flow and links below to try it out!). If you haven't checked it out yet, I highly recommend it!

I used the following flow to introduce this activity to K12 educators this week:

  1. Show Joy Buolamwini's TED Talk
  2. Share Machine Learning & Bias slides from Code.org (here's the link to the original lesson plan and here's an adapted version that I used)
  3. Invite educators to try out AI for Oceans machine learning training activities, lessons 3-8
  4. Invite discussion around ideas that resonated and ways to apply with students of different age ranges

 

Have you used the AI for Oceans activity or Machine Learning and Bias lesson? Any tips or stories to share? 

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Submitted by Michelle Swensson on Sun, 12/13/2020 - 13:29

Hi Vanessa, 
Thank you for starting this discussion! I added some activities for my elementary students to engage in for CS Week. All resources that I've selected are from the Hour of Code website. It's a bit overwhelming at first to choose from so many resources, so I choose one for each day of the week. We need to engage students as early as in elementary schools to learn Computer Science Concepts because, by the time they enter Middle School, they might not identify themselves as someone who should be in the CS Field. In my opinion, early access to CS education is essential to make sure that our underrepresented groups have a higher probability of choosing this field when they enter college. 

Click here to see our CS Week Activities at an elementary school. 

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