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Hour Of Code

December 10, 2013

Lloyd, Nerd, School

Guess what this week is, boys and girls? That’s right. It’s Computer Science Education Week. And the Computer Science Teacher’s Association (did I mention I was the Nebraska chapter president) along with Code.org is sponsoring an Hour of Code.

So far over 6,000,000 people have tried their hand at writing computer programs for an hour. We’re having all of the students at Lincoln Lutheran give it a try (during math class). We’re doing it over a two-day period and it’s been working out okay.

There are about 20 different tutorials that you can choose from. We’re having students start off with the Angry Birds/Plants vs. Zombies tutorial. It uses a programming language called Scratch that you program by dragging different colored blocks around the screen.

The tutorials are mostly game-like. And, while you can’t do anything really Earth-shaking in an hour, you can get an idea of whether you might like to learn more about programming. They say that there will be 1,400,000 new Computer Science jobs in the next 6 year, but we are on pace to produce only 400,000 Computer Science majors.

This concerns big computer companies like Google and Microsoft, so they are sponsoring this sort of thing to encourage more people to study programming (and to encourage more schools to teach it).

You can try the Angry Bird’s  Tutorial and see what you think. No, seriously, give it a try.

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About Lloyd

Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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6 Responses to “Hour Of Code”

  1. Brad Said on:

    The only time I tried programming was in high school where we did DOS. I remember it requiring a lot of patience.

    I will love to try the tutorial, but I won’t have time until tomorrow.

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  2. Lauren Said on:

    I tried coding once, too. I believe it had to do with a digital ‘turtle’ that I had to give commands to make a square or triangle on the screen. Turns out I don’t care that much about shapes, so I set the turtle free.

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    I’m a computer dunce, but I look forward to trying your computer programming thing!

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  4. Kristi Said on:

    I just finished watching the tutorial. I’ll definitely have Joanna (age 11) give it a try. I fear she will be successful more quickly than I will. That’s a good thing, though, right? RIGHT?

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  5. Kristi Said on:

    Joanna participated. Really cool stuff. More people should try it. I posted about it here… http://kleckmusic.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/the-hour-of-code/

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