OK, so I’ve been poking around adding things to a Flipboard document to support the Hour of Code 2015, December 7-13.
It’s nothing compared to the TDSB resource that I had written about earlier this week but I like to collect hoard things. I hadn’t told anyone about it; I just keep flipping things into it as I find them.
The document wasn’t super secret or anything like that so I hadn’t made it private; I just hadn’t told anyone about it until now.
I was quite surprised this morning when I took a look and saw the analytics.
Somehow, it’s comforting to know that there are others who poke around looking for resources like this. At the same time, it’s just a little creepy. Anyway, at 32 articles and counting, I guess it’s time to share with anyone else who is interested.
The biggest and loudest participant this year has to be the Minecraft activity. I’ve poked around and had some fun with it. Long time Logo enthusiasts will sit back, hopefully, and celebrate how modern clothes dress up things that we knew were good for kids years ago.
I don’t think there are too many bad choices to be made here. Some of the things that I think are really worthy of consideration are:
The truly good thing about the Hour of Code is that it’s getting serious consideration in classrooms that might not otherwise have embraced the concept. The Hour of Code has gained the momentum and reached more acceptance in the educational community. That’s a really good thing.
It’s so comforting to know that teachers are embracing the concepts of computational thinking. What’s really good is to see the discussion that one hour isn’t enough. People are looking to extend that time frame and, by design, making the student activities more rigorous. The important part is that this makes it richer for the student and even more fun.
So, whether you’re a novice to the concept or an experienced veteran always on the prowl for great activities, keep at it.
As my friends Sylvia Duckworth and Brian Aspinall note, there are 10 good reasons to teach coding.
Once you’ve done it, you absolutely know that 10 is just a conservative number.