Code.org promotes coding for all students regardless of age and experience. Their site includes the Hour of Code campaign, Code Studio app, online tutorials, and curriculum. Every year during Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code is put on to help students learn computer science. Tutorials and curriculum stay up year round on the site. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
Type of Material:
Collection of coding activities and coding tutorials for Pre-readers through adults
Hour of Code contains student-guided tutorials for all ages. These tutorials can be used in-class with students, especially if they all have their own computer. Certainly these tutorials can be used for homework, individual learning, team projects, and self-pacing with coding.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
• Students will enhance their problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity.
• Students will gain computer science skills.
• Students will explore hands-on computer science activities and gain an increased understanding for 21st-century career paths
• Students will learn how to create codes
• Students will understand how apps and games are built using codes
• Teachers will be able to access a free open-source coding materials, lesson plans, and curriculum
Target Student Population:
Pre-readers through adults; in general, the site targets the grade 2 through grade 12 learners, but there is much there for everyone to explore and learn.
The material would be useful in AP Computer Science classes, science, math, social studies, language arts, art, media, music, and in professional development.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The Hour of Code is driven by the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week Advisory and Review Committees. The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from K-12, academia, nonprofits, for-profits, and international organizations. This committee guides the strategy for the Hour of Code campaign. The Review Committee is composed of 15 educators across K-12 grade bands that assess and recommend activities using the Advisory Committee's rubric.
Each module is broken up by unit. Each unit is thoroughly explained through readings, videos, and hands-on activities. Programming concepts are summarized and clear.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
There are so many resources available on this site. Thoughtful selection and advance planning by the teacher will make coding lessons and activities on the Hour of Code exciting and successful for the students. The tutorials on the Hour of Codes site allow students to work at their own pace and stay challenged. The Hour of Code site began in 2013 so there are many examples and all sorts of support for available for anyone interested in pursuing the Hour of Code with students. For those educators, volunteers, and parents who want to teach an Hour of Code, the site provide How-to Guides for Education, After-School Educators, Companies, Districts, School Assemblies, Parents, Public Officials, and Volunteers. Certificates of completion and stickers can be printed for free.
Code.org is the "mother" site to the Hour of Code. This site contains many of the teach-led lesson and activity plans from Hour of Code teaching veterans presented across grade levels and subject areas (https://code.org/educate/curriculum/teacher-led), courses, leadership opportunities and more. Teachers can get their own training on site, too, as well as a very useful dashboard that list their classes, and students and keep track of all progress.
The site clearly outlines all objectives that will be met in each unit. Lesson plans are clearly displayed for facilitators. The site is time efficient. Computer science coding programs are broken down by length, topic, classroom technology and activity type.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The Hour of Code design makes it easy for educators and students to view, select, and use a coding tutorial. Across the top Activities, How-To, Promote, and FAQ links are available with clear information and more resources available. Since this site is a global effort, users can also select the language for the website. Clicking on either the Activities link at the top or the Start Learning Button on the opening page, takes users to the many coding choices. Users can the activity choices by All Grades, Pre-reader, Grades 2-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9+. Users can also select between Beginner level or Comfortable lever. Other filters for searching for through the coding activities include classroom technology, Curriculum Subjects (listed as Topics), self-led or lesson plan, length, and type of coding language (blocks, typing or other).
Information and criteria for submission guidelines for Hour of Code Tutorials and information on support for special needs students is found at the bottom of the page. Contact information, Support (many useful resources for educators clearly labeled by topic), Partners and Advisors links are found at the very bottom of the main page.
The site is easy to follow; modules are sequential. The website is visually appealing and text is easy to read. Directions are clear and appeal to multiple learners (kinesthetic, visual, and audio).
Other Issues and Comments:
This resource has a plethora of free materials, lesson plans, hands-on activities, videos and assignments throughout. It is useful for any age level (children to adults) and any subject matter (regardless of computer science background).
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