We are writing to ask for your support of a broad worldwide community event called the “Hour of Code” to happen during Computer Science week December 9-13. This is for you and your students who are 6+ years old. Teachers of most content areas can participate in this event.
What is an Hour of Code? It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, or an innovator. This voluntary learning experience can occur in any content classroom.
Why is the “Hour of Code” important? Considering how fast our world is being transformed by technology, you might expect the number of students studying computer science and programming today to be at an all-time high. Unfortunately this is not true. In fact, fewer students are studying computer science, and fewer schools are teaching it, than a decade ago.
However, we believe that the Hour of Code creates an opportunity to expose our students to programing. The goal is to get over 10 million students exposed to coding.
What can you do? We encourage you to host events and support students in this unprecedented event. (There are sample lesson plans available to guide the experience.) Some of you may may hold school events, others may encourage students to participate at home or after school.
Visit www.hourofcode.org to learn more and get started.
Together, we can support our students and their future! If you have questions, feel free to contact either of us.
Dr. Ron Cabrera, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Andrew Moore, CIO