An hour of code

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

  1. pencilcode
  2. or start here with angry birds etc
  3. Lots of tutorials
  4. Paper binary strips
  5. Build iphone apps
  6. Videos and posters
  7. suggested approaches

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