Hour of Code is coming again! This year it will be held between the 5th and 9th December.
What is Hour of Code?
The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.
Hour of Code websites
Below is a list of websites dedicated to Hour of Code:
Hour of Code
The official Hour of Code website - http://hourofcode.com/us/resources - has lots of resources to introduce hour of code week such as videos, posters and hand outs.
Code.org - http://code.org/ - Has lots of tutorials for hour of code including creating a winter wonderland with Anna & Elsa from Frozen.
TouchDevelop - https://www.touchdevelop.com/hourofcode2 - Has a selection of step-by-step tutorials for hour of code to teach students how to create their own Windows Store apps including a version of Flappy Bird.
More hour of code tutorials for TouchDevelop, from yours truly, including the original Flappy Bird tutorial (All in a Flap) and Tap a Mole: http://touchdevelop.weebly.com/hour-of-code-2.html Also check out my festive 8-bit Pixel Art challenge: http://touchdevelop.weebly.com/hour-of-code.html
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/hourofcode - has a selection of video tutorials for hour of code week suitable for students, teachers and parents.
An Hour of Python
An Hour of Python - https://hourofpython.com/ - has a collection of tutorials to introduce programming in Python using the turtle module.
Code Academy (Hour of Code)
Raspberry Pi.org - https://www.raspberrypi.org/hour-of-code/ - has some great activities for the Raspberry Pi for hour of code including beginner tutorials for both Python and Scratch.
The Microsoft YouthSpark hub - http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/youthspark/youthsparkhub/hourofcode/ - has links to a number of hour of code resources including a brand new Minecraft coding challenge.
Tynker - http://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/ - contains a variety of puzzles, games and activities designed to teach students computational thinking skills and the basics of computer programming.
App Inventor - http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/hour-of-code.html - has a selection of tutorials for hour of code to teach students how to create their very own android apps.
Lightbot - http://lightbot.com/hocflash.html - A version of the popular Lightbot app designed for hour of code.
Scratch - http://scratch.mit.edu/studios/283340/ - has a compilation of scratch projects to be used for hour of code.
Scratch Jr - http://www.scratchjr.org/teach.html - has a selection of downloadable tutorials to be used with their app for hour of code.
Have I missed anything? Please let me know!
Festive Hour of Code
Want to add a festive flavour to your Hour of Code activities? Then check out these festive coding resources:
Google Santa Tracker
Guide Santa back to the village with this Build Your Own Blocks style coding activity courtesy of Google: https://santatracker.google.com/?hl=en#codelab
TouchDevelop 8-bit Festive Challenge
Create festive 8-bit artwork using Microsoft TouchDevelop: http://touchdevelop.weebly.com/hour-of-code.html
Code with Anna & Elsa (Frozen)
Learn how to code by creating snowflakes and helping Disney's Elsa and Ana to ice skate around the computer screen: https://learn.code.org/s/frozen
Learn how to create snowflakes using the turtle function in Python: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHmeX7YTHBY
Scratch Santa Game
Create a Santa game for Christmas using Scratch: http://www.lttonline.net/blog/2013/12/7/creating-a-christmas-game-using-scratch
Have I missed anything?
Please let me know if I have missed anything and I will add it to the list!
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