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Are You Involved With The Largest Learning Event in History?

Published on 09/12/14

Did you know this week is playing host to the biggest simultaneous learning event, ever? The Hour of Code initiative is in its second year, with over 15 million users taking part in just one week during the 2013 event. Coding makes it possible to create software, games, website and apps, and the Hour of Code aims to teach children as young as 4 how to write their first line of code.

Why is the Hour of Code important?

According to research by Code.org, computer programming jobs vacancies in America are growing at 2x the national average, with 1 million more jobs than students predicted by 2020. There is also a gender divide, with only 12% of computer science degrees awarded to women last year. However, 2013’s Hour of Code saw a huge increase in student interaction, with more than 10 million girls taking part – with more trialling computer sciences in one week than in the last 70 years.

The tools you’ll need to get started

We’ve searched the Internet, and Code.org’s website, to help you find the best coding resources to get your students involved this week.

  1. Before you get started, watch this. TED talks are renowned for ‘ideas worth spreading’, and this conference is no different. Watch this short video to find out why Mitch Resnick thinks coding isn’t just for computer whizzes.
  2. Find courses based on your students ability. Working with young students, or those who have some coding experience? There is something for everyone to get stuck into on Code.org – there’s even a Frozen themed tutorial
  3. Start building your own appsTynker, a free app for iPad and Android tablets, teaches students to create their own apps following a series of problem solving activities using visual code blocks. It’s received worldwide praise, and has helpful advice for parents too.
  4. Coding at college. If you’re searching for tools for older students, or those with some experience already, the Khan academy has some great resources available, introducing JavaScript and teaching pupils how to code webpages.
  5. Missed Hour of Code, or want to carry on coding? Find a public club, or volunteer to run your own here.