It’s that time of year, the nights are dark, the weather has turned colder, Xmas jingles are playing in the shops and the thoughts of everybody turns to one great celebration. That’s right it’s the time of year for the Hour of Code. Ok , I know we had one in March, but this year this great event has been brought into line with the Global Hour of Code event.
Now I know what it is like at Xmas in schools, not only have you the pressures of ensuring that all the curriculum is delivered , but there are possibly the more important details of Xmas performances to consider. At times like those I found I need a low teacher input activity, with a maximum learning opportunity. There were only so many Xmas Cards my class could colour in!.
So this brings me to the Hour of Code. So for the uninitiated the Hour of Code is a campaign run by Code.org, the non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education. The initiative asks schools, teachers and parents across the country to code for an hour, and help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming.
Last year’s Hour of Code involved over 3 million people, all taking part in a hour of code activity. Take a look at last year’ event.
The Hour of Code website is the place to start.
- The site is fun and visual for teachers and students so that when you sign up on http://hourofcode.com/uk you will see your school on the world map next to all the other schools participating.
- 20 classrooms from those signed up before December 8 will win a video chat with a very special guest ranging from founders of technology companies like Michael Smith of Moshi Monsters, engineers working on incredible projects and companies like Microsoft, to influencers in the digital world like Joanna Shields.
- Everyone completing an Hour of Code will also receive a signed certificate.
Sign up today, Santa is Watching !