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Hour of Code

Hour of Code comes to Martinez!

Hour LogoComputers are everywhere in our lives and being used daily in MUSD classrooms for learning. Job opportunities within the computer science and technology fields are increasing everyday.  That is why our school district has decided to help our students learn valuable transferable, computer-based, career skills by learning how to code.

Computer Science Education Week is December 3-9, 2018. We encourage all of our schools to participate in the Hour of Code! Each school has their own unique plan for how to practice coding that week. Ask your student what plans are surfacing in their classrooms.

What is the Hour of Code?

A one-hour introduction to computer science The Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event. HourOfCode.com offers 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 - some don’t require any computer at all.

Why computer science?

Computer science is foundational. Computer science is changing every industry on the planet. Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. Computer science concepts also help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills to prepare students for any future career. Economic opportunity for all Computing occupations are the fastest-growing, best paying, and now the largest sector of all new wages in the US. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. Students also love it! Recent surveys show that among classes students “like a lot,” computer science and engineering rank near the top—only performing arts, art, and design are higher.

Beyond the Hour of Code

Don’t stop at an hour Add high-quality computer science to your curriculum or enroll in a hands-on professional development workshop. Make a lasting change at your school. Learn how at code.org/yourschool.

Hour of Code Resources


Teach code even if you don't know code          code studio Logo

I’m sure many of you are thinking “I’m not a programmer, so this doesn’t apply to me.”  Even if you don’t know how to program, your students can participate in the Hour of Code.  The code.org website has a number of fantastic resources for all ages that include both video lessons and online “coding” applications.  These resources are web-based and will run on iPads, netbooks and chromebooks!  Check out some of these grade-level appropriate resources below:

Grades K-2

Program the Angry Bird to get the pig!

Make a Flappy Bird game!

Grades 2-5         

Program Elsa to skate to her destination!

Grades 6+

A series of Khan Academy videos teaches kids actual Java programming, culminating in the opportunity to write actual Java code at this link.

Code Combat allows your students to navigate a graphically rich adventure game by writing code in a variety of in-demand languages at this link.

 

Other resources

   HourOfCode.com offers tutorials for teachers on how to host an hour of code event

   Code.org offers a variety of Hour of Code resources for students and teachers of all grade levels

   Scratch.MIT.edu allows ambitious teachers and students to create their own hour of code scratch project