Written by Brandon Berthrong of BSD Education. The Hour of Code is a world-wide grass-roots program built on the principle that everyone can code. They report that more than 640,000,000 people have participated in the program! While Hour of Code can be done any time of the year, during computer science education week (December 3-9th) organizations from all over the world come together to participate in the program. Participants can do projects on the Hour of Code website or through several affiliated programs, through which they’ll complete various code-focused activities and projects. The idea behind the program is to take an hour (though reportedly 87% of participants end up spending more time than that) to introduce people, particularly students, to the idea that they can code. While Computer Science can seem like a daunting field, through the hour of code students of all backgrounds are able to dispel some of the mystery surrounding it. There’s a lot more that can be gleaned from the Hour of Code than just code though. Teachers and educators can also use different aspects of the Hour of Code itself as a teaching tool.
The School Demonstrating Technology in ActionAs a school, it’s not just the participation, but also the way that you demonstrate your own use of technology in running your “Hour of Code” that can impart important concepts to the students.
- The way you share about your school’s participation within the school’s network as well as through external digital media can set a strong example about digital marketing, and conveying messages to different groups of people.
- Setting up video links and having students and staff in different schools work together during the hour of code can illustrate both the potential for and the power of collaboration in a digital age.
- Polling students about their experience and how it can be improved next year can make them think about user experience and the importance of data.
Students Demonstrating Technology in ActionAs well as participating, students can take simple steps themselves that reinforce the ways that technology is used in the real world.
- Students can get experience with principles of digital marketing through the sharing of their completed projects with both peers and parents.
- By interviewing each other before and after the program, students will be able to consider how the program can be improved for the following year, exposing them to user experience.
- If some students formed an Hour of Code Committee, they could present the feedback from the interviews, giving hands-on experience with data analysis.
- If you collaborate with another school, students could even compare the data from their respective schools.