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Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) runs from December 9-15, 2019. This annual campaign inspires K-12 students to take interest in computer science (CS) and to connect with the broader community around the need for and value of CS education.
Accessible Hour of Code CSEdWeek and Hour of Code Resources
You will find many Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week resources online. Browse the resources on Code.org or look to your local public libraries for additional materials. Code.org also features hands-on, computer-free “unplugged” coding basics for those without devices, without reliable internet, or for kids who may learn better this way.
Find all the resources you need to bring attention to your Hour of Code. Not sure where to begin? Start with the Hour of Code how-to guide for hosting an Hour of Code! Then promote and inspire using: Handouts, videos, posters, social media posts, stickers, and more.
Below are some additional resources to get you started:
New Hour of Code activity from Google CS First
This year’s Hour of Code is all about using our coding power for good. That’s why the CS First team at Google has created a new activity where students can use their imagination to turn a real-life hero into a superhero using code. Code Your Hero is an activity that honors the everyday heroes in our students’ lives who use their powers to better their communities. Students will use Scratch, a block-based coding language, to animate and bring a story or game to life with movement, dialogue and more. Using the CS First tutorial videos available in both English and Spanish, anyone can become programmers for the day.
“Code Your Hero” is a fun, interactive activity that can be completed in 15 minutes to an hour. Anyone can teach it and no computer science background is required. Review the digital lesson plans and other materials for educators.
For students who use a screen reader, the Quorum tutorial for beginners or the Quorum tutorial for comfortable students is a great place to start. Quorum started as an interpreted language designed to be accessible to screen reader users. Eventually, it became a general purpose programming language designed for any user.
The Code.org tutorials are all designed to be used with or without sound. All the videos have captions.
Libraries Ready to Code
The American Library Association’s Ready to Code Collection provides resources and strategies for coding and computational thinking activities that are grounded in research, aligned with library core values, and support broadening participation. They have three experience levels to help library staff connect with resources that reflect their own computational thinking (CT) experiences, communities, goals, and interests.