Recently we posted about Hour of Code, and how teachers, children and parents can take it upon themselves to learn about coding, and get involved themselves. As part of this joint initiative with Code.org, we are encouraging students to try it, schools and organisations to host it, and everyone to support it!
So far there are over 40,000 Hour of Code events organised across the globe (as of 19th November 2014), and this year the organisers hope to exceed last year’s success in reaching tens of millions of students. You can play your part by planning your own event, or encouraging your children’s schools to organise an Hour of Code event. There are only a few weeks to go, but it's not too late to get involved!
There are plenty of materials and resources available to help you plan an Hour of Code, and this step by step guide will aid you in getting your own event up and running. It includes advice and ideas for how teachers and parents can run an Hour of Code with limited numbers of devices or internet connectivity, and how to help the students through any problems they may encounter.
Here’s a great video from the organisers showing you how to run an Hour of Code:
As you’ll see, there are many ways in which students, teachers and parents can get involved with the Hour of Code – and it doesn’t necessarily have to involve using computers! Hour of Code is not just about giving children – and for that matter, adults – an introduction to computer programming. More than learning how to code, it's also a case of learning how to think. The logic and thought processes of coding can be applied to so many different aspects of life.
“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.“ - Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft
“If you can code, you can take the ideas in your head and make them happen” – Michael Acton Smith, creator of Moshi Monsters
What’s more, every Hour of Code organiser will receive prizes as a thank you! Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Please visit Code.org for more information on organising your own Hour of Code.