MEC Monday: Technology Guest Speakers for Hour of Code


Last week for our MEC Monday blog post we looked ahead to the upcoming #Skypeathon (November 29th & 30th - mark your calendars!) by exploring the Skype in the Classroom Personal Development Webinar, hosted by Skype Master Teacher and MIE Expert Jed Dearybury. The webinar took place last week, but the recording is now available on the same page within the Microsoft Educator Community.

This week, we're once again going to preview an upcoming global event by looking at some of the supporting materials that can be found on the MEC, and showing you how to get involved.

Microsoft Educator Community - Hour of Code

From Code.org:

"Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Microsoft, Facebook, the Infosys Foundation, Google, Omidyar Network, and many more."

The Hour of Code is a global movement during Computer Science Education Week, but your class can learn to code any week of the year. Get involved by inviting one of our Technology Guest Speakers to make a virtual visit to your class today using Skype in the Classroom!

Watch how Minecraft's Jens Bergensten (aka Jeb) inspires future programmers on Skype:

To see a full list of Technology Guest Speakers, visit the Microsoft Educator Community.


If you aren't yet a member of the MEC, then it is free and easy to do so. Just head to education.microsoft.com and click on the ‘JOIN NOW’ button in the top right hand corner to get started.

If you've missed any previous posts in our MEC Monday series, we have so far covered:

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