Hour of Code

Computer Science Education will be held nationwide December 4-10.  Hour of Code and Swift Playground are both great options for students to do for a brain break or as part of your elective. Coding is like learning another language that results in a product being made. When students learn to code, they are integrating problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills. They need to apply their STEM as well as VAPA skills in order to code because they are using math and technology skills while apply design and media skills to create an visually interesting product.

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Sign Up Link:

CVESD has a set a goal of completing Hour of Code in 600 classrooms! If you will be participating in Hour of Code this week, take a minute and sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvedcode1

Swift Playgrounds:

Students choose one of three animated characters, they can create their own “playgrounds.” Student see the actual coding language while working on Swift Playgrounds. The lessons within Swift Playgrounds start off basic and then get more advanced as the students complete challenges. There is some more rigorous vocabulary that comes up in the advanced levels.  See this article or see this YouTube Video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syX5cFfV3RQ

Hour of Code How to Video:

Explanation of Activities:

Swift Playgrounds:

Students choose one of three animated characters, they can create their own “playgrounds.” Student see the actual coding language while working on Swift Playgrounds. The lessons within Swift Playgrounds start off basic and then get more advanced as the students complete challenges. There is some more rigorous vocabulary that comes up in the advanced levels.  See this YouTube Video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syX5cFfV3RQ

Suggested activities by Grade Level and Device Ability:

The Hour of Code website has created a great online course catalog: https://studio.code.org/courses?view=teacher

This will give you specific links and lessons for your grade level and your students’ coding knowledge.

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All Ages:

**these do play music, so make sure your students have headphones or their volume is turned down.

Primary Grades:

Upper Grades/Middle School:


Students can explore coding and apply their character strengths as they work complete different challenges. This opportunity is available year around and is a great way to have your students explore a potential career.

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