"Welcome to Hour of Code on ChangeX.
The demand for relevant 21st-century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries. The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science—anybody can learn the basics. Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code"
- Hadi Partovi, Founder & CEO of Code.org
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You'll need a couple of hours to plan your Hour of Code and some time to come up with follow-on activities.
You can find a variety of fun, student-guided tutorials for all age groups and experience levels. It’s popular for students to try self-led tutorials and many activities include lesson plans for teachers to guide discussion or extend the activity as well.
Explore the activities here and decide ahead of time if you want to choose a single tutorial for all of your students, or let each child pick their own.
People around the world join in the Hour of Code celebration during CS Education Week (December 9-13) when the latest tutorials and activities are released. But you can do an Hour of Code any day of the year!
Think about your technology needs - computers are optional!
The best Hour of Code experience includes Internet-connected computers. But you don’t need a computer for every child, and you can even do the Hour of Code without a computer at all! For unplugged activities, simply filter the Classroom Technology section to show options for “No computers or devices”.
Make sure to test tutorials on student computers or devices to ensure they work properly on browsers with sound and video. Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the class, so each student isn't downloading their own videos. Or try the offline tutorials.
Provide headphones for your class, or ask students to bring their own, if the tutorial you choose works best with sound.
Don't have enough devices? Use pair programming. When students partner up, they help each other and rely less on the teacher. They’ll also see that computer science is social and collaborative.
Remember it's possible to do your Hour of Code entirely virtually - check out the guide and all other resources over on Hour of Code.
Now that you've planned your event, it's time to start promoting it!
Tell your School and Community
Promote the Hour of Code to other teachers who may want to join in on the fun! This is also a great opportunity to reach out to your school’s PTSA or share in parent newsletters, letting them know their children may come home wanting to try more activities and tutorials!
Let Volunteers Know by Registering Your Event
When you sign-up your Hour of Code event, you’ll receive helpful email communications with news and tips for hosting a successful Hour of Code. It’s also how you can let local volunteers know your school is participating. Volunteers are a great resource and can come speak to your class about computer science or simply help your students with Hour of Code activities.
Get your Students Excited
Lead up to the event by sharing inspirational videos highlighting diverse people and creative ways that computer science can be used. Or order inspirational posters for your classroom! Students are more excited to participate in a subject when they see people who look like them encouraging it.
Once your Hour of Code event has arrived, make sure you start strong with some of these tools and tips.
Invite a local volunteer to inspire your students by talking about the breadth of possibilities in computer science. There are thousands of volunteers around the world ready to help with your Hour of Code through either a classroom visit or video chat with your students!
Show an inspirational video:
The original Code.org launch video, featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and NBA star Chris Bosh. (There are 1 minute, 5 minute, and 9 minute versions available)
Find more inspirational resources and videos over on Hour of Code.
It’s okay if both you and your students are brand new to computer science. Here are some ideas to introduce your Hour of Code activity:
Explain ways that technology impacts our lives, with examples both boys and girls will care about (talk about saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
As a class, list things that use code in everyday life.
Direct students to the activity
Write the tutorial link on a whiteboard. Find the link listed on the information for your selected tutorial under the number of participants.
When your students come across difficulties it's okay to respond:
“I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.”
“Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want.”
“Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.”
What if a student finishes early?
Print "I did an Hour of Code!" stickers for your students.
Order custom t-shirts for your school.
Share photos and videos of your Hour of Code event on social media. Use #HourOfCode and @codeorg so we can highlight your success, too!
Other Hour of Code resources for educators:
Visit the Hour of Code Teacher Forum to get advice, insight and support from other educators.
Review the Hour of Code FAQ.
What comes after the Hour of Code?
Computer science doesn’t have to end with the Hour of Code! Our curriculum is web-based and free to use, forever. Learn how to bring CS to your school and students.