SInce 2014, I have spent the first week in December having my students reading and write code as part of the Hour of Code celebration. Thanks to code.org, it is so easy for my students to have a chance to write code. Through the many tutorials found on the Hour of Code website HERE, no login info is needed. Built-in videos are included and a certificate is given at the end. Now in 2019, year 7, there are so many different coding activites available for every age group and for both beginners and those who feel more comfortable with coding. Activities are offered for ipad users like the kids at my school but also for no technology and for laptops.
This year, I kicked off my the Hour of Code in Reading 6 by showing the Hour of Code 9 minute 2019 video I paused the video at the 2 minute mark when the number of computer science jobs available in 10 years vs number of people trained to do the jobs was being discussed.
I reminded the students in front of me, 6th graders, that in 10 years, if they follow the HS/college path, they will be graduating from college. They will be looking for a job. If they choose to take a computer science class in MS, HS and/or college, they may qualify for one of the 1,000,000 computer science jobs available!!
As the video ended, this appeared on the screen:
“Let’s start learning a superpower!!!! Go to https://hourofcode.com/us/learn and I had the link added to my Canvas Reading 6 page.
Then for the next 60 minutes, all were fully engaged. All tried. All made mistakes and tried again. I first tried the Frozen game and programmed the computer to make snowflakes!! The Hour of Code tutorial was programmed to allow me to add what I created to twitter. GO here to see the snowflake I coded:
On Day 2, I started with the video President Obama made in 2014, encouraging all to try coding. As he suggests, I told the kids to return to Hour of Code and be sure they: CREATE, MAKE, PROGRAM.
At the end of 2 classes, I asked the students to reflect on Hour of Code. Most enjoyed it. Many indicated they are feeling more confident in coding. I specifically asked if they would take a computer science class in MS or HS and many said “yes.”
I’m glad, thanks to code.org, I could allow my students to read and write code during National Computer Science Week!!