This is Computer Science Week, Dec 9-15th 2013. I love the notion of the hour of code. I have never learnt code formally but have had to tweak html code on many occasions as a blogger and web2.0 user. As a teacher of year 11 IT, students are required to study and use a programming language.
The hour of code is designed to be a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. You can learn about code here and here.
Yesterday, two of my classes spent an hour on code. The year 6 class worked with Scratch. We watched the introductory video together, discussed creating an animated holiday card an animated holiday card. As a class we looked at the tutorials and links on the right hand side of the tutorial site ie how to delete a sprite, how to make it move etc. The students then worked at their own pace.
Here are some other great sites and resources