December 9-13 has been declared Hour of Code Week! If you are looking for a fun addition to your computer lab time or some great differentiation options this week, this is a perfecting opportunity to introduce your students to coding!
Here’s how you can get started –
Inspire your students! Show them this video (1 minute OR 5 minute) featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Black Eyed Peas founder will.i.am and NBA star Chris Bosh talking about the importance of programming.
Get your students excited – give them a short intro
Most kids don’t know what computer science is. Here are some ideas:
- Explain it in a simple way that includes examples of applications that both boys and girls will care about (saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
- Try: “Think about things in your everyday life that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them.”
- Or: “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more.”
Suggested Coding Games –
Age 4+ LightBot
Age 5+ Tynker Coding Games
Age 6+ Angry Birds Programming
Age 8+ Create a Holiday Card
I put all of these links in this Google Doc if you’d like to link it to your page! You can also find the links on the Library Events page. If you participate, share your news with your social networks with #hourofcode!