Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hour of Code started - resources here!

I know I may lose more than a few of you with a title like that... Take two minutes, and please keep reading! During the week of December 9-15, there is an opportunity to give each student ONE HOUR of exposure to computer science.  You can still participate... Here are some resources, and some short explanations.

The Code.org homepage is the launch point for an inordinate amount of info about exposing our students to computer science in fun and useful ways. 

Here's the educator resource page from code.org with more details about how you can easily/painlessly (no, really!) expose your students to computer science.

Here's a good overview of the Hour of Coding concept from Edsurge, a leading tech newsletter where I find all sorts of gems about edtech. 

Finally, also from Edsurge, more educator details on how you can dig in and help your students get some exposure to computer science. It's got how to info, a good list of ipad and other resources for kids to practice coding, and much more.

I know for some (many?) of you, this may be an area of discomfort (or complete lack of interest!), but I do hope more than a few of you look into the opportunities identified in the above links, and that you'll give your students some chance to learn more about computer science, an area of ongoing job growth in our nation. Consider it, please.... "If not you...then who?" Just sayin'.

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