The Hour of Code is a grassroots campaign urging educators to provide students with a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify coding, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.
This year, we asked our SBJC teachers to get their stuents involved in the 2018 Hour of Code, taking place from December 3-7. Students programmed Bee-Bots, worked on online activities, and learned to code using Osmo Coding.
But just since Hour of Code has ended, it doesn't mean that students engagement with computer science is over! We urge you to get your students programming at home. Here are some resources that are free to access:
Google’s CS First:Google has developed lessons for students to learn how to code using Scratch 3.0. You’ll also find several lesson plans to help you get started. Levels are categorized from beginner to challenging. Students do not need a Google login in order to explore the different activities.
Code.org: All of Code.org’s activities are great, but their newest one, Dance Party, is pretty fantastic (students get characters to dance to 30 different songs).
Khan Academy's Hour of Code:Khan Academy is an incredible resource for all things learning, and their Hour of Code section offers great tutorials and step-by-step instructions.
Scratch: If you're looking to have access to coding software offline, you can download Scratch's offline editor on computers as well as as an app in the Apple Store.
CodeMonster: The simplest website we've seen to learn how to code using Java.