What is Hour of Code?
The Programming Time is an hour-long introduction to computer science and programming, in order to de-sense the specific language and to show that anyone can learn the basics of it. Trying to bring students closer to computer technology and programming has become a global effort. It starts with one hour activities, but extends to all kinds of community efforts. Here are tutorials and activities. This campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators from around the world.
When does the Hour of Code take place?
Hour of Code takes place every year during the Computer Technology Education Week. 2018 This will be December 3-9, but you can organize a Hour of Code event at any time of the year. The Computer Technology Education Week is held every time to commemorate the birthday of a major technology pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
Why Computer Technology and Programming?
Each student should have the opportunity to learn computer technology. Helps develop problem solving skills, develop logic and creativity. Beginning early, students will have a foundation for success in any XIX century career. Discover more statistics here.
Who’s behind Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code event is organized by Code.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding education on computer technology and programming, promoting it in schools, and increasing the participation of women and minority students. An unprecedented partnership coalition together support Hour of Code – including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the College Board.
How much can someone learn in an hour?
The purpose of Hour of Code is not to teach anyone to become an IT expert in just one hour. One hour is enough just to learn that computer technology is fun and creative, accessible to any age, to all students, regardless of where they come from. The measure of the success of this campaign does not lie in how much matter the pupils learn – success is reflected by widespread participation, regardless of gender and ethnic and socio-economic groups, and the increase as a result of enrollment and participation, we see it in the computer science at all levels. Millions of participating teachers and students decided to go for an hour – to learn a whole day or a whole week or more, and many students decided to enroll in an entire course (or even university studies) as result.
Apart from students, someone who “learns” is the educator who after one hour gains confidence that he can teach computer technology, even if they do not have a university degree. Tens of thousands of teachers decide to pursue further study, either by participating in PD or by offering online courses, or both. And this applies to school administrators, who realize that computer technology is something the students want and their teachers are able to offer.
Above all, what participants can learn in one hour is that we can do that too.