The week of Dec. 8-12 is the global Hour of Code initiative, a one-hour introduction designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programing. The promotional video that you can show your students in the classroom can be found here (You many need to override LightSpeed by going to a blocked site and logging in).
All NEISD VDI workstations have a shortcut to the Hour of Code site in the context menu. Once logged in, simply right click on the desktop and click on Hour of Code. I’ve created a brief video tutorial of how to begin. Please view this video before you take your students to the lab.
Course 1 is designed to allow early readers to create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share. Recommended for grades K-1.
Course 2 is designed for students who can read and have no prior programming experience. In this course students will create programs to solve problems and develop interactive games or stories they can share. Recommended for grades 2-5.
Course 3 is designed for students who have taken Course 2. Students will delve deeper into programming topics introduced in previous courses to flexible solutions to more complex problems. By the end of this course, students create interactive stories and games they can share with anyone. Recommended for grades 4-5. (Must complete Course 2 from above)
Once students complete their assigned course, have them try some additional coding games found on the same Hour of Code home page:
If interested, you can generate and print certificates of completion in bulk here. Cari Young, librarian at Fox Run Elementary, created these fabulous bookmarks for students to use at home. They contain URLs to additional activities so that students can continue to learn about coding. For additional resources, please visit the NEISD Hour of Code LibGuide and the iPad HOC apps list below: