It's GTG hat-turning time, switching from "eco" to "edtech." Sometimes, they can be two sides of the same coin. This week, however (given it's Computer Science Education Week), it's heavy-handed on that edtech side. And kids nation wide are loving it!
Take the kids at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, for example. Computer teacher Barbara Hawkins has been cross-age pairing students to work on many of the Hour of Code activities this week. In her classroom, learning comes alive. (This is right about where teaching comes alive for us teachers!!)
Thousands of teachers nation-wide are doing the same.
If you haven't taken advantage of Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week--it's not too late. Here are a number of resources that will assist you on this quest.
What is it?
The Hour of Code is a challenge to teachers/students to try computer science/programming for one hour.
- Computer Science Education Week: Dec 9--15, 2013
- On the CS Ed Week site, they have great Tutorials for Beginners
- “What Most Schools Don’t Teach” (aka Coding w/Coding Big Wigs like Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates 5:33 min film)
- “Code Stars--Short Film” (9:33 min film--some of the clips from the above video
- Common Sense Media’s “Hour of Code” Offers a Quick Easy Introduction to Computer Coding” --A multitude of resources here.
- Hour of Code Week Websites, Apps, Tutorials, Videos, & More “Smore” Collection
- Code.org: Creators of the 2 above videos. Many of the same resources that are in http://csedweek.org/.
- So many good resources. So much coding that needs to happen. Jump on it!! Code away....today!
2. Video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1xS07N-FA
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