Text. Tweet. Post. Share. Repeat. Our students gobble up technology daily, often proving to be more proficient than the adults in their lives. While students are living their lives online, few are looking under the hood to explore the nuts and bolts that make their favorite programs run. In an effort to empower students to understand the technology they are using, next week is National Computer Science Education Week.
Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to computer science education, has a slew of free, self-guided tutorials for students. They range from learning how to program an adventure in “Angry Birds,” building an app, or creating an eHoliday card. It’s all part of the Hour of Code. Teachers can participate by building in one hour between Dec. 9-15 for coding tutorials. Teachers who sign up to participate will automatically receive 10GB of free space on Dropbox (think of all the lesson plans you can save online with that space).
Check out dozens of free, self-guided tutorials at http://csedweek.org/learn . The site also offers tutorials for classrooms without access to computers.
You can find more information about promotional materials or information to give to your administration at http://csedweek.org/resource_kit.
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