Friday, November 29, 2013

An Hour of Code for Every Student

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation encourages all of its supporters to participate in Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15, 2013) ... particular the 'Hour of Code' initiative!

Why computer science?
Computer science provides a foundation for virtually any career - everybody can benefit from learning the basics. Visit for inspiration.

What's an Hour of Code?
It's a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.  The goal is to provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. You can even have unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.

How can I host the Hour of Code at my local BDPA chapter, school, company, or organization?
  • At your school: If you are a parent or student, ask the principal or a tech-savvy teacher for their support to allow you to host the Hour of Code. It is not hard to organize events and connect to the Hour of Code tutorials. See the school participation guide for more information.
  • If you are a teacher, You can find resources to support your leading an Hour of Code. The tools are simple, painless, and easy to use. Don't have enough computers in your school? Don't worry, we have offline or phone-based options. See the school participation guide for more information.
  • At your local BDPA chapter or nonprofit: There are many event ideas to share that will help you get your members excited and activated to host an Hour of Code in your community. See the community participation guide for more information.
  • At home: Organize a family hour of code and let your kids teach you. You can use PCs, tablets, smart phones, or one of our Hour of Code unplugged activities (example). Everything is available online, to make it easy for busy parents to participate.
What day do I need to do my Hour of Code?
You can do your Hour of Code on any day during CSEdWeek (December 9-15, 2013).

What if I live outside of the US?
You are welcome to participate in the Hour of Code.


Carl Matthews said...

I read your posts. I am confident hundreds read, but don't comment. You keep pushing. I never despise the day of small things. I just despise lack of respect knowledge.
You have my attention. Thanks for waking the Giants! We sleep no more my brother!

Wayne Hicks said...

Carl - Thank you Carl! I've learned not to share information for feedback. Instead I share information that is relevant to BDPA stakeholders because it is the right thing to do!