Posted: Wed, 12/01/2021 - 3:14 pm EST
It’s almost that time of the year when millions of students, teachers, administrators, and parents will take part in the Hour of Code, which started in 2013 as a way to introduce students to one hour of computer science coding lessons and activities. To date, more than 100 million students worldwide have participated in an Hour of Code event, which usually take place during CS Education Week in December.
Hour of Code runs December 6-12 and its coding activities include a range of both skill and content level, giving students and teachers choice and agency in what and how they choose to learn coding. Activities span anywhere from lessons for non-coders to coding, design, and creating original products.
Whether you and your students are beginner coders or experts, everyone can participate in Hour of Code. The event’s goal has always been to emphasize that anybody can learn the basics of computer science. The objective is not for all students to become coders or computer scientists, but to give them a fundamental understanding of how computers work. Over the years, it has grown from mostly students and teachers to companies, organizations, and high-profile individuals like Serena Williams, Neymar Jr., and Jessica Alba becoming partners in creating content for the Hour of Code site.
Are you starting with the basics or are you challenging yourself and your students in this year’s Hour of Code? What resources, games, or lessons will you be using?
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CS for All Teachers Community Ambassador Vanessa Jones is a Technology Design Specialist for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. She is also a CSTA 2021-2022 Equity Fellow and facilitates Code.org's CS Fundamentals and CS Discoveries programs. In addition, Vanessa is an online facilitator and course designer for the University of Texas at Austin’s Strategies for Effective and Inclusive Computer Science Teaching (SciPs) course.