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December 8 – 14: National Computer Science Week

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 04:31

According to the Washington Post, in 2013, nearly fifteen million students in 167 countries completed a tutorial or other coding-based activity during Computer Science Education Week, with one in six American students taking part—more than half of which were girls. What will you do with your students to celebrate and encourage their interest in computer science?

Many free online coding programs offer tutorials and a range of activities students can pursue outside of class time, if they develop an interest. Developing that interest is key, particularly as nine in ten public schools do not formally teach computer science. Try these resources for your planning:

  • From Computer Science Education Week, resources to support participation in the "Hour of Code" challenge include the opportunity to host an event, tips for engaging your students, involving others, and garnering support. http://csedweek.org/
  • Learn more about the "Hour of Code" challenge. http://hourofcode.com/us
  • Edutopia's blog from Mary Beth Hertz, a technology teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offers a range of links to resources as well as biographical information about Admiral Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computer science. http://www.edutopia.org