Hour of Code

“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. ” By Martin Fowler

Did you know there will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than students by 2020 and that 9 out of 10 US schools don’t teach computer programming? This week (December 9-15) Computer Science Education and Code.org will host the Hour Of Code. The Hour of Code is an event organized to show that everyone can learn to code.  Here is a short video describing Hour of Code:

I believe that Computer Science courses will soon be in every school, as it is a language we should know for the 21st century. Teaching students to code from a young age (just like foreign languages) can help students have a better understanding of computer science. This video is an oldie but goodie that talks about why we should be teaching coding.

Do you want to teach your students to code but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you want to learn coding yourself? Check out all these resources:

Tynker (I have seen a few  3-5 grade teachers use this for coding clubs after-school) and Tynker’s Hour of Code Info

Codecademy.com (I have seen a few middle schools use this site for coding clubs after-school, this is how I taught myself to code)

Scratch  and Scratch’s Hour of Code Guide

Kodu and Kodu’s Hour of Code Info

Khan Academy: Computer Programming  and Khan’s Hour of Code Info

Activate! 

Code Monster

Gamestar Mechanic

Lego Digital Designer

My favorite coding App is Kodableyou can read about why here. They are always adding more and more resources to make this app very easy for teachers and parents to teach coding.

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