Hour of Code

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code will take place during the week of Dec 8th - 14th in schools all over the world. Events for teachers will be scheduled through Education centres.

 

The Hour of Code will take place during the week of Dec 8th - 14th in schools all over the world. Events for teachers will be scheduled through Education centres.

The aim of Hour of Code is to show that coding is not just for 'geeks and boys' but rather to introduce students, teachers and parents in a fun way to computational thinking. There are lots of teaching resources at CODE.org accessible once teachers complete the free sign up procedure.

PDST Technology in Education will be scheduling coding events for teachers during the week through the Education Centre network -  so if you want to experience Scratch programming for the first time, please contact your local Education Centre. For those who have experience of coding already, please consider scheduling a coding event in your school and register this event through the interactive map on CODE.org - showing once again that Ireland is to the forefront in providing coding opportunities for our students.

Some relevant resources from Irish schools:

In this short video clip, principal Enda McGorman speaks about why his school uses Scratch to support numeracy skills, in particular problem-solving:

http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Good-Practice/Videos/#52692882

Here teacher Elaine Lyons uses Scratch, among other tools, in a 6th class lesson on procedural writing based on a science experiment:

http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Good-Practice/Videos/#94673812

Also check out http://www.scratch.ie/resources for step by step Scratch lesson plans aimed at primary teachers.

PDST Technology in Education also runs an online course for teachers on using Scratch in the classroom http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Training/Courses/Scratch-for-Learning-online-.html . This course will run again in Spring 2015 - enrolment details will be announced in January. (Sign up to the PDST Technology in Education newsletter for regular updates).

http://www.scratch.mit.edu/users/scratchfromscratch2
http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/
http://scratch.ie/primary/resources
http://studio.code.org/hoc/1
http://lightbot.com/hocflash.html

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