Teacher friends, can I be honest? Like reallllyyy honest for a second? I’m tired. Like 9 days till Break tired. However, the workload at the end is SO heavvvyyyy. I am always so pleased to make it through the 9 weeks, but it’s inevitably SO much harder to get through the first and last week of the quarter. I also have to find a way to incorporate the Hour of Code, I’m the Business Tech teacher y’all. So, here it goes…a few EASY peasy ways to work Hour of Code into your Plans.
1. Made with Code – Google is by far one of my favorite tools and not just because the word Google is a verb nowadays. Google finds a way to make everything just a bit easier for us all and engaging. They have created a site that we can go right to and let the kids learn, while playing! Don’t worry about plans, direct students to the website and offer them choices! It’s amazing to watch their eyes light up and see all of the ways that they can code. Want to take it a step further? There are resources for teachers to share with students and parents and perhaps even keep the Hour of Code going beyond just an hour. Super simple and quick ways to let students code, with little to no planning for you.
2. Code.org– Code.org is like the big brother to Google’s site. It offers a gaggle of opportunitiees for students to have fun and enjoy learning to code along with courses for multiple levels of learners. One that is sure to be a hit with students of various ages is the Code with Anna and Elsa activity! For others, there’s Flappy Bird which they build themselves. Equipped with video tutorials and ways to extend learning through the 20hour Intro to Computer Science Course, Code.org is a great way to host Hour of Code in your classroom.
3. Tynker– Another super easy and intuitive website for students, and teachers is Tynker. Tynker is not as “pretty” as the others,but it’s definitely useful. My son was immediately enamored with getting the dog to bark and finding his way home. Teachers are able to create accounts for the class, but again there’s no need if you’re doing this JUST for a hour. I will say that this is I love there’s an app students can download to continue the learning and create mobile games and tons of other things. Having the ability to direct students to the Tynker app is a winning point for it in my book and I know students will enjoy this as well. *Tynker is offering the Hour of Code activities and basic classes for free, but it is a subscription based site for more advanced options.
4. Code Academy– Got an advanced group of students who’ve already tinkered with coding and want to learn coding, for real? Code Academy is a great tool!!! Here, students can learn the basics of Java Programming, in 60 minutes. This site also offers lessons in HTML & CSS, jQuery, Python, Ruby, and PHP along with other ways to learn coding. I love the simplicity of the site, but this is definitely for older students bceause they’ll need an email to begin. I will definitely suggest this for my more advanced students and encourage them to try their hand at some “real” programming!
I hope you find these 4 Easy Peasy Ways to Work Hour of Code Into Your Plans as easy as I hoped they’d be. More than anything, I hope that you’ll give your students time to experiment with coding. Add the links to your blog, send them through remind and then ask them to share ways they can continue to code beyond this small amount of time you may offer.