Last week AR170 passed the NJ Assembly by a vote of 73-0. This resolution recognizes Computer Science Education Week during the week of December 8-14, 2014.
As many teachers are, I plan to take part in Hour Of Code, http://hourofcode.com/us, “a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries”.
Hour of Code offers easy to follow tutorials for ages 4-104. It is a great introduction for anyone interested in coding. Coding promotes problem-solving, logic, structure, and creativity skills in students. Computer science is a growing field and we should be preparing students for the future.
All students, grades K-4 will be participating during their Media time.
2nd Grade will work on completing Candy Quest or Puppy Adventure from http://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/
3rd and 4th graders did Hour of Code with me last year by completing the Puppy Adventure. This year they will do Learn to Code with Angry Birds from http://code.org/
While we will be participating in this world-wide event, each grade level will get more in-depth with coding in the late winter and spring.
Join us, and register your Hour of Code event. http://hourofcode.com/us
Here are 17 apps for coding if you need some more ideas: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/11/teaching-coding-in-class-17-apps-to-try.html