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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.
As 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.
All of these examples highlight the opportunity to give a far deeper real world context to the Hour of Code and allow students the chance to experience technology being applied.
As well as participating, students can take simple steps themselves that reinforce the ways that technology is used in the real world.
In the real world, it’s not all about code, it’s about how technologies and humans come together to drive solutions. The code is, however, often the starting point, the consistent ingredient to mindsets and products.
In the same way, the “Hour of Code” can also be a lot more than just an hour of learning code. It can be the first ingredient in a hearty recipe for a broad and authentic experience with technology for both students and schools.
With computer science education week coming up, from December 3-9th, the hour of code is definitely something everyone should have on their radar. We’re going to have more articles next week with ideas and examples to get the most out of the Hour of Code, but for now, you can find more information about the Hour of Code program here, and find statistics and testimonials from last year here.