Computational thinking helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. And technology is transforming every industry on the planet. Students today should learn how to create technology, not just use it. By starting early, they’ll have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
Trying an Hour of Code is a simple and fun way to introduce students to computer science, perhaps for the very first time. If you'd like an extra set of hands to help out, you can find a local volunteer to help run an Hour of Code in your after-school class or club.
All Hour of Code tutorials require minimal prep-time for organizers, and are self-guided - allowing kids to work at their own pace and skill-level.
Need a lesson plan for your afterschool Hour of Code? Check out this template!
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The best Hour of Code experience includes Internet-connected computers. But you don’t need a computer for every child, and you can even do the Hour of Code without a computer at all.
Make sure to test tutorials on student computers or devices to ensure they work properly on browsers with sound and video. Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the class, so each student isn't downloading their own videos. Or try the unplugged / offline tutorials.
Provide headphones for your class, or ask students to bring their own, if the tutorial you choose works best with sound.
Don't have enough devices? Use pair programming. When students partner up, they help each other and rely less on the teacher. They’ll also see that computer science is social and collaborative.
Kick off your Hour of Code by inspiring participants and discussing how computer science impacts every part of our lives.
Show an inspirational video:
It’s okay if you are all brand new to computer science. Here are some ideas to introduce your Hour of Code activity:
Need more guidance? Download this template lesson plan.
Direct participants to the activity - Write the tutorial link on a whiteboard. Find the link listed on the information for your selected tutorial under the number of participants.
When someone comes across difficulties it's okay to respond: - “I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.” - “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want.” - “Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.”
What to do if someone finishes early? - Encourage participants to try another Hour of Code activity at hourofcode.com/learn - Or, ask those who finish early to help others who are having trouble.
The Hour of Code is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications. Help students continue their journey and encourage them to learn more online!