The Hour of Code takes place annually during Computer Science Education Week and is being celebrated this year at all of the elementary schools from Dec. 9-15. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science to show that anybody can learn the basics and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.
“We’re just trying to give them a quick glimpse of what coding is and getting them sparked by playing games,” Remington Traditional library technology aide Ms. Allison Stout said.
Surrounded by books in Remington Traditional’s library, first graders in Ms. Kelley Dent’s class were focused on their iPads playing online games that teach users programming logic.
Jensen Skouby was playing a version of Minecraft.
“I was trying to figure out how to open the gate and I had to try out different things,” he said. “I could never figure it out, but I kept trying.”
Julianna Hill was playing a different game.
“I liked it because it was easy,” she said. “Coding is just playing and learning how to create stuff.”
Using Symbaloo, district technology specialist Ms. Stephanie McCreary compiled and shared some of the best coding games and apps with students. Some resources are available on their iPad only during Computer Science Education Week, but others will be available year-round.
“Teachers and students can set up an account and they can keep coding and learning,” Stout said. “They can practice coding by playing these games and earn certificates at the end of some of them that say they completed a full lesson.”
Check out these coding resources made available on the Remington Traditional website: