National Computer Science Week is December 9-15. The goal of this designated week to raise awareness of computer science among students and to give them the opportunity to try out a little programming for themselves.
The Hour of Code is part of National Computer Science Week and is designed to get students to spend one hour of time learning to code, with the hope that after that initial exposure, some students might want to learn even more. You can visit the Computer Science Week website to learn more and to access many computer coding lesson options.
Another option is to visit one of our favorite websites, Khan Academy. Khan Academy is an organization dedicated to bringing a free, world-class education to everyone. We use their online math video lessons to reinforce what the kids are learning in their curriculum. Sometimes, it’s just good to hear someone else teach the same concept. I have used the videos to brush up on my physics.
Khan Academy has many hours of computer science video lessons, but for the Hour Of Code, they have put together a intro computer science lesson. The lesson is simplified and geared toward students from 3rd grade to adult. There is, also, a lesson guide available for educators.
I will be working through the Hour of Code lesson on Khan Academy with my 3rd grader and my 7th grader this week. The 7th grader is already interested in coding. Let’s see if it sparks any interest in the 3rd grader.
Check out the Hour of Code this week with your kids and introduce them to computer science.