Hour of Code December 2016 – Let’s run an event!

I received this in my email and thoroughly support its intent. One question I had was “When is the hour of code” – thinking it was a little like “Earth Hour” with specific date. I include the detail and encourage you to conduct your hour of code. The support material contained in the links below are quality resources and easy to follow.

When is the Hour of Code for 2016? For us in Darwin we will hold an online event on Friday the 9th of December 2016 and we would like to see schools in the NT do the same! Click the read more link below for information on how to sign up and run your own event. We will have volunteers to assist either in person or online. NT folk can contact me for more localised information. This information will also appear on our http://skills2021.educationnt.net site
Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 5-11 2016, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week, or anytime before or after!

Over the last three years the Hour of Code has reached more than 100 million students in over 180 countries. Last year, you helped make this the largest learning event in history, with record participation from girls and underrepresented minorities.

This year, help us reach every student with the opportunity to learn.

Sign up your classroom today and get ready to do an Hour of Code with your class! Feel free to follow our easy how-to guide. You can even do an Hour of Code without Internet or computers!

Help us reach even more people by forwarding this email to another teacher. Or forward it to a principal to get your whole school on board!

Watch the Video

Computers are changing every industry on the planet, and coding has become relevant to a wide range of high-paying jobs—even those outside the technology and engineering fields. For millions of students, the Hour of Code will be an inspiring introduction to this crucial 21st century skill.

Want a technology professional to volunteer in your classroom?

Check out our volunteer database and schedule a classroom visit! We’re excited to be working with both independent professionals and volunteers from huge tech brands to make the Hour of Code even more special!

Certificates for your students

To finish your Hour of Code in style, print certificates for your students at http://code.org/certificates.

Share your #HourOfCode on social media

Share your own stories with #HourOfCode to celebrate with learners around the world. Code.org will highlight some of its favorite posts on Facebook and Twitter, so get creative.

I’d like to personally thank every educator who’s hosted an Hour of Code so far. You’ve been an inspiration to all of us at Code.org. Thank you for your support, and for all you do for the children of our world.

We hope your students have an amazing time!

Hadi Partovi and the Code.org team

Here are some additional links

https://code.org/learn (Check out the Star Wars lesson – it is fantastic!)

Microsoft has some great resources at both their virtual academy and their imagine site

Check this entry out for a way to introduce your students to big data and machine learning in one easy to follow free tutorial.

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