Computer Science Education Week starts off today (12/5 – 12/11) and PSD students and teachers will be exploring computer science concepts and activities. Finding the right computer science activity for students can be a challenge but thankfully there are many great resources available to get teachers and students coding.
Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and they have been a pioneer in promoting CSEdWeek. Along with all of the tutorials, resources, and lessons that they have at their website, they have also posted several new tutorials on the Hour of Code website as well. These tutorials are a great way to introduce computer science to students at any grade level.
According to Code.org computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but only 33 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation. There are currently 517,393 open computing jobs nationwide. Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce. Let’s work to get our students excited about computer science!
If you are interested in participating in CSEdWeek or would like to do an Hour of Code with your students, check out the resources that we have linked in this post. You can also contact a PSD Ed Tech Facilitator to help with co-planning or co-teaching a fun and exciting lesson for #CSEdWeek!
Code.org – Tutorials, teachers resources and curriculum materials for teaching computer science in the classroom
Hour of Code – Custom made applets and tutorials for teachers and students to participate in the Hour of Code. Tutorials are searchable by grade and ability level.
Scratch – From MIT, Scratch is a block based platform to get students of all ages coding. Some of the coding tutorials on other websites are made with Scratch. Check them out at the source!
Tynker – Another online platform with built in tutorials and applications that will get students excited about coding!