The Hour of Code was December 5-11, 2016, but we encourage you to join us for coding activities year-round!  Learn more and find resources to use with your students below.

The Hour of Code 2016 Launch Video




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 Code.org, 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

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