The Hour of Code is a global initiative aimed at increasing awareness and participation in coding and is particularly focused on children at school-going age. This year’s Hour of Code occurs from 7th-13th December and we are encouraging all schools to get involved.
What’s needed to get involved?
1. Go to www.hourofcode.com/ie
2. Register your school online via the orange sign up button
3. Get your students coding by hitting the orange try it button.
It’s really that simple! Teachers just need to be able to get their students to the website above. After clicking the “try it” button students will be guided by videos and demonstrations to build their first game. Teachers are not required to have any experience of coding and the website makes learning extremely easy for the students, with age-appropriate material. It’s surprisingly easy and a set of Teacher’s Notes are provided if the teacher wants to get involved at a deeper level. This is an ideal opportunity to get your class involved in coding and areas such as Star Wars, Minecraft and Frozen characters will keep your students engaged. It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s free.
On Wednesday, 2nd December, the Irish Independent will provide a supplement and poster as part of their regular Educational Section. This pull out section and poster can be used to provide additional background information on coding and the importance of developing skills in our students, the young people who will shape tomorrow’s technologically led world. Remember, there’s absolutely no technical knowledge required and students will work their way through the website at their own pace in roughly an hour. Go for it!