Hour of Code 2017


December 4-10, 2017 is Computer Science Education Week world-wide. Of course, we celebrate it here in Ontario and ECOO wants to be a part of it.

There are so many ways to think of Computer Science Education Week. Probably the biggest known event is the Hour of Code. Devised to be the launch of something special for students, it’s a wonderful opportunity for teachers and students to co-learn something new. After all, who doesn’t want to be in charge of their computing devices? For students who are already studying Computer Science, it’s a terrific opportunity to research further studies at university with an eye towards landing a job in the field that is so promising. Or, take a break from your regular programming routine and participate in one of the many tutorials available in a completely different environment. Computer Science teachers proudly announce that they teach problem solving – here’s a chance to demonstrate it.

The above is a message I wrote and posted to the ECOO website.  You can read the entire post by clicking here.

Next week marks the exciting Hour of Code event.  It was created a few years ago as a way to motivate students in a computer science activity designed to inspire them to consider further activities and studies in the area.  It still is.

I’ve been collecting resources and articles to support the concept for a few years now.  If you’re interested, here they are – the date is a hint that the topics may be a bit dated or even have been taken down or moved.  Such is the way of the internet.

So it should come as no surprise that I’ve got a new one on the go.

While I don’t go back to the older collections and make sure that all the links are still alive (although most seem to be), I did poke around and there are some really interesting things to look at.  I am also impressed with how sophisticated things have become.

So, what to do for 2017?  If you’ve already done coding with classes, you have your own resources.  But there’s always those first-timers and starting points have never been as good.

If there ever was an activity that’s unique, inspiring, and has the appeal for all, it’s the Create your own Google logo activity.  I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good Google Doodle?

Screenshot 2017-11-29 at 16.33.58

Looking for more?

Definitely the Mother Lode of resources and ideas can be found in the Hour of Code Activities page from Code.org.  I’m so impressed with the huge collection and variety of activities available for use both online and off.

Pick an activity from the list for your class and just be sad that you can’t do them all!

I’m pleased to note that the Ontario Ministry of Education has shared a number of ideas with Directors of Education.  That note as well as a deeper understanding of what it’s all about can be found at #ECOOcodes.

Things are nicely falling into place to ensure a successful Hour of Code 2017.  I hope that you and your students take the time to enjoy the event and learn together.

Oh, and please blog about it and share.  The more we do, the smarter our online community becomes.

OTR Links 11/30/2017


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.