We are very excited about the opportunities planned for our students in the library this week. It’s Computer Science Education Week and to celebrate several classes in grades K-5 will participate in Hour of Code, which gives kids hour-long experiences in a variety of kid-friendly coding tools. The hour of code site has multiple step by step tutorials to help kids learn some basics of each coding tool, while allowing them the freedom to be creative. Theres’s something for every age from 5-106 🙂
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education.
Organized by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org, CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
Why would we want our students to learn computer coding? Take a look at some of these statistics.
Some of our Kindergarten and first grade students will use an iPad app called Kodable.
Fourth and Fifth graders (and perhaps a few other students too) will make holiday cards with Scratch.
During the week, we plan to make connections with other schools around the country who are also participating in Hour of Code in order to allow our students to share, brainstorm, and problem solve across the miles through Skype and Google Hangouts. On December 17, we will participate in a live Google Hangout On Air where students will share their coding creations and learning with students in multiple states simultaneously.
The intention of Hour of Code is to give as many students as possible experience with coding, which will hopefully lead to both individual exploration or class projects in the future. I’m prepared to be amazed this week by what students discover. Look for posts throughout this week to share our progress.