Get set for an Hour of Code
Looking for some ideas to practise or get started with your programming skills? It’s time for the annual Hour of Code event, which is part of the Computer Science Education Week running from 4 to 10 December.
This year, around 1,000 events are taking place around the UK to give people a taste of coding, with lots of ways to get involved online too. You can get started with the list of online activities on the Hour of Code website – from building a Star Wars galaxy and helping Snoopy in a snowball fight to making your own Google logo. The Hour of code website also has how-to guides for parents and teachers who want to run a real-world event.
In addition to the Hour of Code material, resources are also available from TechFuture Classroom, the Tech Partnership learning platform including the Creative Coding modules for TechFuture Girls, and the coding resources developed with CoderDojo – see Coding under Students from the main menu.
TechFuture Classroom is an award-winning free-to-use learning hub of digital skills’ projects and challenges co-developed with employers for Key Stages 3-5 students. Teachers or facilitators have access to support materials, for all the online and offline challenges.
The content is flexible, and can be completed either as a class-based activity or by providing students with individual access so they can work on it at home or in an after-school club. Each module is linked to a digital badge, and students can earn badges as they learn a whole new range of digital skills.