Beyond the Hour of Code. Join us!

Scores of teachers got their feet wet with coding during this year’s Hour of Code, while millions of students began their programming education. As the holiday cheer winds down, students and teachers will return to school and take on the second half of the year. What better time to continue coding and prepare for a full year of programming education in 2017-2018?

We’ve heard from some rockstar teachers who go beyond the Hour of Code year after year, leading us to some helpful tips for going  beyond one hour (or week) this year, and implementing a full year of coding next year and beyond.

GO for it! Try a pilot.

Piloting is simply doing a test run with a program you have some experience with and want to learn more about in order to fully implement down the road. Was there a program that stood out during the Hour of Code week? What was the one experience that floored you and your students to the point where everyone wanted more?

We know that the number one way to go beyond the Hour of Code is to just GO FOR IT. Just start. We hear from teachers constantly that jumping in head first was the turning point for computer science education in their school. Pilot a program this year, so next year everyone is prepared from the learning experience the pilot program provides. Here are some ways to get started with a pilot.

Don’t keep it to yourself!

In most cases, the Hour of Code is something every teacher experiences to a different degree. Some teachers are the pioneer at their school and lead the charge, while others watch from the sidelines or dabble for an hour over the course of the week. Whatever role you’ve experienced, sharing successes and lessons learned with your fellow teachers and leaders is crucial to keep the movement going.

Not sure how to do that? Check out these ideas from our Hour of Code stars!

  • Share data that shows how much students learned and completed during the Hour of Code. Numbers make a statement!
  • Photographs. Everyone wants to see the 100% engagement you’re raving about and excitement around learning tells an important story.
  • Display student work- your students will feel proud and your school community will be impressed and intrigued.
  • Student-led presentations say it all. Have students present during PD or host a coding night at your school. Ownership and student agency is second to none and empowering students is something we strive for as educators.

Spread the learning around.

Finding the time to fit computer science into an already jam-packed schedule is the number one challenge teachers face. Programming doesn’t have to be an isolated learning experience, though. One of the biggest “ah ha!” moments we see teachers have is realizing programming fundamentals overlap in almost every area of the academic day.

  • Math: Algorithms, logic, problem-solving, values, mathematical operations…you get it.
  • ELA: Reading and writing pair perfectly with the most foundational programming concept, sequence. Not to mention, code is a language, just like English, with important syntax and grammar rules.
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Paired programming! Collaboration! Resilience and grit when you need to try and try again…and then keep trying.
  • English Language Development (ELD): Directions, temporal words, prepositions, and practicing expressive skills in communication. Fun fact: the most popular feedback we get from Kodable teachers is that their ELL students have the biggest successes with coding.

Need more ideas? Check out our post on coding in the everyday classroom for an easy start.

Fail forward!

One of the biggest things students should understand when programming is that failure is the most important element to success. The mindset that failure is important and holds zero negativity is one we should cultivate in programming education- for teachers, too!

It’s highly unlikely that many teachers around the world also happen to hold a computer science degree (or even have a background in technology or using computers themselves). This isn’t a problem! There are products, programs, and people ready to support teachers and help them learn right along with their students.

You will fail, your students will fail. The idea is that we all fail forward, learning and trying new things as we grow.

Sam Patterson’s 5 Tips to ROCK the Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is an annual celebration of the ever-growing culture of programming and connected learning. The Hour of Code is an invitation to schools and teachers to bring programming into the learning space and see the possibilities. When schools dedicate themselves to the Hour of Code, they are pledging to get each student on a device for at least an hour in one week.  This alone is worth the effort.

If your school has not yet done the Hour of Code, here are five tips for having a totally successful hour of code: 

 

Think Big

Using the tools on Code.org and combining offline, tablet, and desktop activities, your school can get EVERY KID participating in the Hour of Code. Dedicating the school to connecting every kid moves this from a class activity to a community event. School cultures change from the level of community.

Unplug

Whether it is Fuzz Family Frenzy, or Cup Stacking, or dancing, get students working with code without screens. Students can code amazing things offline, explore the activities ahead of time and shape them to best fit your community.

Bring Friends

If your school already uses programming regularly, use this as a chance to share that work with the community. Consider hosting a Family Coding Day to have parents and student programming together. Read more about this idea here.

Everybody Codes

Every student, teacher, staff, and support person can code and should, at least for an hour. The world of programming is changing all the time and we can’t leave anyone out.

Don’t Stop

Once you get programming into the classroom, don’t let it out! Programming can be used instructionally in any subject and grade level to support student learning. You can connect with great teachers using programming to support student learning on the hashtags #csk8 and #kidscancode.

Sam Patterson EdD is an enthusiastic K-5 tech integration specialist, founder of #PATUE education twitter chat, and Teacher Cast Media Group Blogger. He is in his third year teaching programming to K-8 students at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, and has organized three Hour of Code Community Days with over 300 visitors. Follow him on twitter @SamPatue or read his blog here.

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Hour Of Code!

It's not too late to join the Hour of Code with Kodable

The Hour of Code is less than week away! Huzzah!

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What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.  And if you are just learning about the Hour of Code now, it is still not too late to join!

Everything You Need To Join the Hour of Code

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10 Things You Can Do In An Hour

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Looking for something to do for an hour? We have put our heads together and come up with a list of 10 great activities you can try!

1. Watch 1/3 of The Hobbit

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2. Listen to 16 covers of Shake It Off

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3. Get your photos developed

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4. Post an awesome Facebook status

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5. Watch all of the Likes roll in

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6. Participate in a Twitter Chat

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7. Get a six pack

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8. Call your mom

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9. Troubleshoot the WiFi network

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10. Participate in the Hour of Code!

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Learn how to join us for the Hour of Code!

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How to Join the Hour Of Code with Kodable

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

The Hour of Code is almost here, and guess what?! You can learn the basics of programming with Kodable!

Follow these 5 simple steps to get your students started coding with Kodable!

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

1. Download Kodable for FREE in the App Store

Download Kodable in the App Store

2. Watch Our Hour of Code Playlist

3. Play an unplugged activity

Introduce your students to coding basics with our fuzzFamily Frenzy unplugged activity!

Use fuzzFamilyfrenzy to help students connect programming to the real-world

4. Track student progress

If you would like to track student progress or share iPads, sign up for a FREE Kodable Teacher Account to manage your class.

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5. Learn to code and have fun!

If this is your first time coding with your students, don’t let it be the last!

Make sure to have fun with your coding curriculum

Looking for more Hour Of Code? Check out our Hour of Code with Kodable page 🙂

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

This was originally posted on the Kodable Blog on December 5th, 2014. Learn some of the basics of programming for FREE in only an hour by helping the fuzzFamily navigate the Technomazes on the planet Smeeborg! blog4img1

No experience needed.

Kodable is completely self-guided. Kids five and up can enjoy playing Kodable on their own, with a friend or with an adult’s help. Kodable for iPad (free) Kodable Unplugged How it works Kodable is an iPad game that introduces kids to programming concepts in a fun and inviting way. Kids must drag and drop commands to program their Fuzz to complete each maze they encounter. Each new concept is introduced with a guided tutorial.

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No iPad? No problem!

We’re excited to offer students without an iPad the option to learn programming basics “unplugged”! The fuzzFamily Frenzy is an exciting game where kids must program a partner (their robot) to complete a simple obstacle course. Check it out! If you’re curious how to use this with your class, you can read one teacher’s example here!

What is Hour of Code?

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The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by CSEdWeek and code.org to introduce computer programming to 10 million students and encourage them to learn programming. Kodable is proud to be a curriculum provider for the Hour of Code on the iPad and “unplugged.”

Why choose Kodable to learn to code?

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Kodable is the first step in learning to code. Students are guided through new concepts in a fun and familiar way. They are introduced to sequence, conditions, loops, and programming logic in the first 30 levels. These are concepts used in every programming language. Learning the fundamentals first makes it easy to learn more advanced platforms like Scratch later.

Kodable offers resources for teachers and parents.

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We include the Kodable Learning Guides that are your guide to teaching with Kodable. In the Kodable Learning guides we explain the concepts your kids are learning and how they fit into programming. We also include activity ideas, explanations of how to play the game, and an answer key! See one here

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