Start with a commitment to doing an Hour of Code with your students by registering your event. When you register, you'll receive helpful emails with news and tips for hosting a successful Hour of Code. You'll also be put on the map. The visible totality of our collective efforts demonstrates the global commitment to the computer science movement, which will help us build momentum for systemic change.
Before Hour of CodeRegister your event
This year, the Hour of Code theme is Creativity with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Whether it’s coding new apps and algorithms, generating unique art, or crafting choreography to get us dancing, AI is opening up fresh opportunities for digital expression that expand our understanding of creativity. Make this year special by completing a coding activity AND learning about AI.
First, explore hundreds of coding activities and choose one based on your group's age, experience, interests and more. These select activities feature artificial intelligence as a key topic or lesson.
Then, learn all about AI. Students can watch short videos featuring experts in the field, and there are accompanying lesson plans to extend the activity and guide further discussion. Or, we offer free professional learning for educators to unlock the future of teaching with and about AI.
What: Before your event, try out the activities yourself so you can ensure they work on student devices and you're prepared to answer questions! Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the class, so each student isn't downloading their own videos.
When: People around the world often join the Hour of Code celebration during Computer Science Education Week (September 5 - December 17), but you can do an Hour of Code any day of the year!
Where: Choose a space that works for the number of students and devices you have available. Students can try activities on individual devices, take turns sharing a device, or as a class on a whiteboard. There are even unplugged activities that can be completed with no devices at all, so they can even be done outside!
Here's a sample agenda to get you started:
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Direct your students to the activity, maybe by sharing the link on the board or through your classroom's learning management system. Your students may encounter challenges—that's okay! Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won't be fluent right away. If you don't know the answer, you can figure it out together.
Day of Hour of Code
After your event, print certificates of completion and congratulate your students. Share photos and videos of your Hour of Code event and show off your students' achievements using #HourOfCode and @codeorg.Print certificates
It doesn't end here!
After Hour of Code
Computer science doesn't have to end with the Hour of Code! While 90% of parents want their child to learn computer science, most schools still don't teach it. Check out the diverse curriculum offerings from Hour of Code partners, and learn how to bring CS to your school today!Go beyond the Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is simple to run — even for beginners. You don't need experience in computer science or teaching in order to inspire students to explore, create, and learn something new.
Devices you can use:
Many students will be able to finish their activities in less than an hour, and that's okay! Students can continue to learn while other students complete their activity.Become a volunteer
No signup or login is required for students to try the Hour of Code. Signing up for the Hour of Code does NOT automatically create a Code.org account.