Computer Science Education Week

December 5-11, 2016 is Computer Science Education Week, and it also has been designated as “Hour of Code Week.” The “Hour of Code” is simply a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. Here are five websites that offer introductory activities for students:

  1. Learn An Hour of Code offers one-hour tutorials designed for children of all ages in over 45 languages. Tutorials will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or “unplugged.” Not all activities require computers and you do not have to be a computer expert.
  2. Kano is a block-based coding platform. In this game, students in grade 3 and up learn the code needed to customize a classic game of pong.
  3. Khan Academy has several Hour of Code modules that combine interactive “Talk Throughs,” step by step challenges, and projects to help students in grades 3 and up learn the basics of computer science.
  4. CodeCademy gives students in grades 6 and up three different activities to learn the basics of JavaScript while engaging in fun activities like animating their names. They have a great poster that links their lessons to real careers.
  5. Bootstrap Math is a math curriculum for grades 7-8 that integrates computer science and algebra concepts. Their Hour of Code activity is an excellent introduction to the platform.
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