Computer Science and the Hour of Code

The month of December is always special with the holiday season at the forefront.

However, for many educators all over the world, there is one event that makes it even more special — Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9).

Typically celebrated during the first or second week of December in honor of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906), CSEdWeek is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. It was founded as a “call to action to raise awareness about the need to elevate computer science education at all levels and to underscore the critical role of computing in all careers.”

In July of 2013, the Computing in the Core coalition members agreed to allow to organize that year’s CSEdWeek week around a new idea and theme, the “Hour of Code.” Starting as a one-hour introduction to computer science to show that anybody can learn the basics, the “Hour of Code” caught on quickly. In 2014, the executive committee of Computing in the Core (ACM, CSTA, NCWIT, IEEE-CS, Google, and Microsoft) voted unanimously to maintain the Hour of Code theme as the centerpiece of the week and just one year later it became the “largest education campaign in history” reaching 100 million “hours served”.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be 1.4 million computing jobs but only 400,000 computer-science graduates with the skills to fill them. Looking toward a future of work that includes automation, artificial intelligence and programming, there is no better time to introduce coding to your students.

Here are 15 resources to get you inspired and learn more:

  1. Makerspaces: Engaging Students Through Creativity and Coding
  2. How Can We Bring Coding into Authentic PBL?
  3. 3 Ways Computer Science Class Can Help with Student Readiness
  4. NFL Players Helping Students Tackle the Challenges of Tomorrow Through Coding
  5. The Transition from Cursive to Coding
  6. How Do We Prepare Teachers to Teach Coding?
  7. Root: A Robot to Teach Coding
  8. Smart List: 25 Coding & Computer Science Resources
  9. Black Girls CODE Building Tech Exploration Lab in New York
  10. Camp C-Block Introduces Blockchain Technology to Black Girls
  11. 7 Promising STEM Gender-Gap Solutions
  12. Robots and Games That Teach Coding
  13. An All-Girls School Takes Computer Science to the Next Level with Global Collaboration
  14. 3 Ways EdLeaders Can Level the Computer Science Literacy Playing Field
  15. Computer Science and Supercharged Virtual Learning in Georgia

Do you have any favorite computer science resources? Share them in the comments!

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