Hour of Code – offering teachers free resources to allow students to learn basic coding skills


Last year, over 100 organisations joined forces to launch the largest education event in history: the Hour of Code.

Digital skills are set to add £3bn to the economy in the next five years, and it is important that the next generation doesn’t miss out on the potential the digital world offers and the ability for them to succeed in it. The Hour of Code allows anyone to try out coding for the first time by teaching the basics of computer programming in just sixty minutes, giving them an introduction to learning the skills that are becoming increasingly valued and sought after by employers.

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The scheme was created by working with existing school groups, CAS, RBCs and publishers to ensure a joined up approached. All of the Code.org tutorials, some of which feature the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, are free to take part in and the Hour of Code can be done at school with friends or teachers, or at home with parents. Other resource providers offer additional teaching materials that further build on the Hour of Code resources as the children continue learning coding skills.

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The first Hour of Code in the UK had over 3 million participants, with overwhelming feedback from students, teachers, and parents. The organisers of the Hour of Code are aiming to give out many millions of certificates to UK students next month, as part of an overall aim to help 100m kids across the world learn the basics of code during the week of Dec 8-14 2014.

Over the next few weeks in the build up to the Hour of Code, we’ll be talking more about some of the specific activities and tutorials, as well as the industry leaders and public figures who have thrown their support behind the initiative. For now, you can find out more information from Code.org UK and from Hour of Code.

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