Coding/Computer Science

Get Your Students Coding!

Written by Lori Gracey

The largest learning event in the world is coming soon for learners of all ages: the Hour of Code. Find out how to get your students involved in this easy and fun activity.

The Hour of Code is a worldwide event held during the week of December 7-13 to help everyone experience the power of coding. Designed for ages 4 to 104, the event is a one-hour introduction to computer science that attempts to demystify code and show that anybody, even someone who doesn’t know anything about programming, can learn the basics.

Teachers and administrators interested in participating must commit to spending at least one hour during Computer Science Week on coding skills with their students. No registration to participate is required. But those educators who do register for the free event are entered to win great prizes.

A free curriculum with complete lesson plans is available for grades K-12 and includes fun activities on popular topics such as Star Wars, Minecraft, and the Frozen characters. And there are even non-technology activities you can do if you don’t have access to computers in your classroom. If you don’t know how to code yourself, that’s also not a problem as the curriculum is designed for the students to work through on their own or in pairs.

Specific how-to’s on conducting an Hour of Code are available here. Get your students involved in problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. By starting early, your students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

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Lori Gracey

Lori Gracey has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director. She currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, and teachers across the country. During her eight years in this position, she has led TCEA in membership and revenue growth, helped to pay off their building and purchase a new, larger building, and implemented new conferences, partnerships with other associations, and professional development opportunities for members and non-members. She serves more than 17,000 members and oversees a staff of 21. Lori is also on the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and SXSWedu and recently served as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 Convention in San Antonio.

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