Hour of Code 2018

Computer Science Education Week will be held nationwide December 3-9!  This is a week where additional coding challenges are posted on Hour of Code and students around the world are encouraged to learn more about computer science. This does not mean that teachers suddenly become web developers, instead, it is an opportunity for our learners to understand more about how websites and games are made. Coding can create situations where learners are dealing with complex problems and have to use multiple strategies to complete a task or challenge. Through the years, Hour of Code has developed and expanded to include activities for all ages and academic levels. I encourage you to explore this yourselves and have fun with it by trying out some of the resources and tips in this post.

Watch a video reflection of one of our second graders talking about Hour of Code “helps her brain grow” 

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Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/lHRDzUDbClk

Why Code?

Coding is not just limited to computer science week! I see and hear Roel Mislan talking about coding all the time with our Mindlabs students. He discusses how pair programming (when two coders work to complete a challenge) can help web developers work through complex problems and help develop important teamwork skills.

  • Social emotional learning connections
  • Helping students problem solve
  • World of Work connections
  • Learning to productively struggle
  • Inspire students to understand how the websites they use and the games they play are built
  • Set up routines for brain breaks and rewards that help develop grit and self control

Need more reasons to participate in Computer Science Week? Check out this video and show it to your class for some great examples on how coding has helped others:


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Watch the full video here: https://csedweek.org/


Sign Up Link:

CVESD has a set a goal of completing Hour of Code in 800 classrooms! If you will be participating in Hour of Code this week, take a minute and sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvesdcode18

Swift Playgrounds:

**This is an app on the iPad, if you do not already have it, please email Heather Galyen**

Swift Playgrounds is an iPad app as opposed to a website. It was developed by Apple and is free to download and use! This is just one resource that we have for students to practice coding. 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:

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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There are a ton of new coding challenges this year! A lot more have been added that have academic connections – students can explore challenges in coding while learning about famous people in the English Biographies coding challenge, they can complete multiplication math challenges and learn about how pollution is impacting the ocean.

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:

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