Join millions of people worldwide for Hour of Code between December 4-10, 2017.  Expose your students to computer science and help prepare them for their future.

Every School Should Teach Computer Science

One thing we've learned about coding is that it can be scarier for grownups than it is for kids. That's understandable – coding is a language, and languages are easier for young people. You do not have to be an expert in coding to participate; your students will pick up on it quickly. Just set aside some time to allow your students to do a coding activity.

The Hour of Code is an event sponsored by the Zuckerberg (Facebook guy) and Gates (Microsoft guy) foundations, and, to promote computer science in the mainstream curriculum. It is estimated that there will be 1,000,000 more jobs than computer science students by 2020.

Below are a few websites and apps your students can use to learn the basics of computer science and programming. Almost all of them are appropriate down to age 5. All of these activities require minimal prep time for teachers and are self-guided so students can work at their own pace and skill level. Here are some ideas. Give your students a choice! 

How to Run an Hour of Code

Student-guided activities
  • Flipgrid Explorer Series: Code - send students to They can respond and get feedback from real coders. More info here.

Apps for Elementary (these will be pushed to your student iPads and also appear in the App Portal)

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We hope that you will continue to offer Hour of Code options for your students. Share your pictures and thoughts on Twitter using hashtags #CGcodes and #cgi3.

Happy Coding!
The CG Connected Learners Team