December 9-15 is Computer Science Education Week.
Though teachers could fill the week with a multitude of lessons—and some likely will—a major focus is for classrooms around the world to engage in an Hour of Code.
Computer Science Education Week was established by code.org in 2013. Since then, over 100 million students in more than 180 countries have invested at least sixty-minutes in an Hour of Code.
The reason Computer Science Education Week begins on December 9th is in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992), a pioneer of computing and distinguished member of the United States Navy. Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark 1 computer; moreover, she popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which is the backbone in today’s use of coding.
Code.org, as defined at csedweek.org, “is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education. The Code.org vision is that computer science should be part of the core curriculum in every school, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.”
For anyone interested in participating in an Hour of Code, several links chalked full of activities are listed below:
Time with coding doesn’t have to end after an hour, but it’s a great launching point to truly integrate twenty-first century skills into the classroom, rather than simply placing a digital device before the faces of pupils.