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Hour of Code highlights computer sciences

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Hour of Code highlights computer sciences

Computer Science Education Week was Dec. 3-9, and that means it’s time for the Hour of Code.  Even though the week has come and gone, it is never too late to engage our kids in coding, whether it be initial exploration or more advanced experiences. Hour of Code can happen all year round!

The Hour of Code is a global movement that’s intended to introduce students worldwide to computer science. Several Douglas County teachers participated, and we’ll be sharing their stories soon.

At HourOfCode.com, teachers can find hundreds of one-hour activities in over 48 languages for kindergarten and up. Activities require no experience and can be run on browsers, tablets and smartphones.

More than 100 million students have participated, according to HourOfCode.com. It’s organized by Code.org, a public nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

The Hour of Code website explains how teachers can get their classes involved, and includes a “how to” video. There are also tips on how to plan for an event and guide students through. Those who aren’t able to participate during Computer Science Education Week can access the activities throughout the year.

“Coding is the new literacy of the 21st century,” says Ryan Zeedyk, instructional technology specialist at Douglas Education Service District. “If students do not know at least some basic coding skills by the time they leave school, then they are already behind in the workforce and the world. It is our job as educators to make sure students are prepared to live life as an adult upon leaving the education system, and in this digital age, that life will require an understanding of coding.”

The Hour of Code is a great way to introduce STEAM-related educational programs into classrooms. Visit HourOfCode.com now to open up a world of possibilities.

 

 

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