Classes at James Clemens High School have signed up to use both the Harvard Room and the Library to simultaneously throughout the week of Hour of Code so that students can participate. Teachers are also encouraged to use our laptop carts, Chromebook carts and iPads carts as well as student's personal devices to participate in Hour of Code from their classrooms.
If this is your first year to dip your toes into the wonders of Hour of Code I hope that the resources and tips below will help your adventure run smoothly.
First, Hour of Code is a GLOBAL event reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.... all at the SAME TIME! This means that even if you have done everything to set your students up on the Hour of Code website to participate, the site itself during the Hour of Code week may run extremely slow or not work at all. Have a BACKUP PLAN!
We will watch the video below and then answer student questions about Hour of Code before beginning our coding activities.
After watching the video we will attempt to access the Hour of Code Star Wars coding activity (blocks) as a group and I will model the first few stages of the lesson with student guidance.
- Code Combat- This site allows students to choose from six different coding/programming languages. Students learn how to code with the programming language while inside a video game. They must code correctly to get their character to move, fight, jump, etc inside the video game.
- Scratch- This site used block coding and has really good step by step directions that middle/high schoolers should be able to follow with a little help from friends or the teacher. My 3rd & 4th graders last year created interactive virtual holiday cards and emailed them to their parents during Hour of Code 2014. (Be sure to have parents send their current emails ahead of time)
- Made With Code- This is a year round favorite! I look forward to coding the National Christmas Tree but there are some many other fun activities at different levels of coding ability available on this site.
- Hot Wheels via Tynker lets your car enthusiasts build courses or hack a race track!
- Code Monkey is good for the little ones. I did Code Monkey with 1st graders. I started by modeling and thinking out loud as they helped me write the code to move the monkey to the banana. Once I felt they understood the concept I challenged them complete a level all on their own. You could almost see the wheels swimming in their heads!