Posted: Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:20
In case you haven’t heard, it is Computer Science Education Week! During this week we celebrate the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was born on December 9, 1906. Laurie Wallmark wrote a wonderful picture book about Grace Hopper that you may want to add to your school library or classroom collection. This site has some great activities and guiding questions to use with the book.
You can host an Hour of Code during CSEd week, or any week during the year that you would like. The Hour of Code website includes over three hundred activities for all ages. You can sort activities by grade level, by topic, and even by the classroom technology you have available. This is a great way to discover new resources that your students may enjoy throughout the year, including:
- CS First
- MIT App Inventor
- Box Island
Even if you do not have access to technology, there are many great unplugged activities available. Here are a couple of examples: https://code.org/curriculum/unplugged and https://csunplugged.org/en/.
If you work with students who have special needs, here is a great resource to help support them: https://hourofcode.com/files/accommodating-students-with-disabilities.pdf
If you live near an Apple store, students (and teachers!) with an interest in computer science can participate in free events at Apple stores during the week. See https://www.apple.com/today/collection/hourofcode/ for more information.
How do you and your students celebrate CS Ed Week?
Don’t forget to participate in our photo challenge! Post a photo of your students participating in CS Ed Week on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CSEdWeek2018Photos. You can also submit your photos here. Please secure parental permission for those featured in your photo before posting.