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Hour of code – 4 years in a row!
Posted 19.12.2017 10:10

On Friday 8 December 2017, our corridors were bursting at the seams with tech heads and lines of code. It was our annual Hour of Code morning and everyone was excited and engaged. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.  This year, this worldwide phenomenon saw over 161,000 events being held in over 180 countries involving 10s of millions of students, including ISL!

In every corridor we had groups of students diving into the language of technology. We had Angry Birds, Frozen, Star Wars, Minecraft, Python, HTML, Javascript and in the Year 1 classes we explore non-screen related coding activities too. Students collaborated with their year level peers and they also visited different year levels to share and learn many tricks and problem solving skills.

At the end of the hour we struggled to get our students to stop - even though it was lunch time! They were in the flow and wanted to continue to construct and understand the power of coding. Our challenge is to increase our understanding and use of coding in our curriculum. I wonder if there is an app for that?

Jonathan Twigg and Hannah Saks - Technology Integration Specialists.

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