Let’s Get Ready to Rock the Code 2016

 

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only one in four schools teaches computer science. The good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history; more than 100 million students tried the Hour of Code in 2015.

 

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introductory course designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. The goal is to have students take part in grade-level-specific activities. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign last year.

 

Code.org and other organizations have created materials for participants to use during the National Computer Science Week (December 5-11) or before or after. These are very simple, easy-to-follow lessons that are teacher- and student-friendly. This year, there will be a “Beyond the Hour of Code” area for teachers and students who are beyond the entry level of just “one hour.”

 

Are you joining the global movement to reach tens of millions of students and teachers to encourage them to just try “an Hour of Coding” during the week December 5-11 or before? Last year, more girls tried computer science than in the last 70 years. This year, let's make it even bigger!

 

Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11. Get the word out. Host an event. Ask a local school to sign up. Or try the Hour of Code yourself—everyone can benefit from learning the basics.

 

We'll be in touch about new tutorials and other exciting updates. What can you do now?

 

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a FREE one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn basic coding skills.

 

When is the Hour of Code?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for hundreds of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 5-11, 2016, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

 

Is it one specific hour?

No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can't do it during that week, do it the week before or after). We are asking everyone to pick your own time to do an Hour of Code. You can start today if you like.

 

Why Computer Science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats at https://code.org/promote

 

How do I sign up to host an Hour of Code?

https://hourofcode.com/us#join

 

How do I find resources for Hosting an Hour of Code?

https://hourofcode.com/us/promote/resources

 

How do I get started?

Watch the introduction video and sign up to host an Hour of Code event. https://hourofcode.com/us/how-to

 

I don’t know anything about coding. Can I still host an event?

Of course. Hour of Code activities are self-guided. All you have to do is try the current tutorials, pick the tutorial you want, and pick an hour — Code.org will take care of the rest. Code.org also has options for every age and experience-level, from kindergarten and up. Start planning your event by reading the how to guide.

 

Do students need to log on using an account? No signup or login is required for students to try the Hour of Code; however, if a teacher has gone through the Code.org training and has already set up classroom accounts for their students, this would be helpful in tracking the progress of each individual student.

 

Where is the tutorial with Anna and Elsa? I want to promote girls using computer science.

It is now published and you can find in on the tutorial page. Stay tune for new published tutorials.

 

Which activity should I do with high school students?

Across all ages, we recommend trying one of the beginner tutorials on code.org/learn to start, such as the tutorial with Angry Birds or with Anna and Elsa. A high school student should be able to finish one of these in 30 minutes and can then try a more advanced tutorial in JavaScript, such as Khan Academy or CodeHS.

 

I’m doing Scratch for Hour of Code, but what if my students have iPads rather than laptops?

Scratch doesn't run on tablets. If your students are young, they can use the ScratchJR iPad app (for early-readers). If you look at the tutorials on code.org/learn, you can find other tutorials that work on iPads or other mobile devices- from Code.org, Tynker, Lightbot, or CodeSpark.

 

How do you count the Hours of Code?

The Hour of Code tracker isn't an exact measurement of usage. It does not count unique student IDs perfectly when tracking participation in the Hour of Code, especially because they don't require students to log in or register. As a result, we both over-count and under-count participants at the same time. Read all the details here.

 

How can I prep for the Hour of Code?

Visit this website it has step by step directions on how to get started. It also offers a variety of resources/tutorials to help you get started. If you have never used coding with your students, we recommend implementing the Code.org Tutorials for Beginners. Click on Go and your students will be writing code. If you would like to use something  else., click on http://code.org/learn

 

Do I need computers for every student?

No. There are Hour of Code tutorials that work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have.

 

How can I find a local volunteer to help with the Hour of Code event?

  • Search our volunteer map for volunteers who can visit your classroom or video chat remotely to inspire your students about the breadth of possibilities with computer science.


Here are a few options:

  • Work in pairs. Research shows students learn best with pair programming, sharing a computer and working together. Encourage your students to double up.
  • Use a projected screen. If you have a projector and screen for a Web-connected computer, your entire group can do an Hour of Code together. Watch video portions together and take turns solving puzzles or answering questions.
  • Go Unplugged. We offer tutorials that require no computer at all.


Reminder about what’s different this year

  • This year, the Hour of Code is expanding beyond branded, self-guided tutorials, to encourage students to try more open-ended activities, and to encourage teachers who are new to CS to lead these activities.
  • Prizes, and why we’re moving away from them:
    • We’re not giving away any 10k hardware prizes to classrooms this year
    • We’re not giving away gift cards for filling out the Hour of Code survey
    • Why? With last year’s success, we’re hoping we won’t have to rely on these prize incentives to get teachers to sign up (they’ll sign up because teachers + students love it). This is a HUGE decrease in cost as well, which helps as we move toward a community-owned Hour of Code event.
  • Website: a new and improved code.org/learn page
    • We’re building a browse + search UI for finding Hour of Code tutorials and lesson plans (think: the Amazon.com of Hour of Code activities). We hope this will help teachers find the activity that best fits their classroom.