November 27, 2022
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10 Tools for the Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is coming soon (December 5 - 11)! Peruse this curated list of ten fabulous finds for all grades and share them with your students.
Hour of Code
Join students around the globe any time December 5–11 in participating in Hour of Code activities. Register your event to be included in the global map of events, receive updates, and obtain help finding a local software engineer to inspire students.
Try an Hour of Code with Khan Academy
Examine these lessons that students you how to work with pixels and coordinates, draw colored lines and shapes, and customize many different games and activities. Click the link to Hour of Code to find “Draw with Code,” a downloadable book.
Disney Hour of Code Digital Toolkit - Moana: Wayfinding with Code
Participate in Hour of Code activities using Disney's Moana as an engaging introduction to computer science. This site includes videos, a printable toolkit (with many suggestions), and a hands-on coding adventure for elementary students.
Learn computer science with hands-on learning projects for all ages and inspire computing projects for your classroom. Introductory courses for middle school students teach the basics of coding and beyond.
Start with a challeng that matches your coding skill level, then continue learning as you progress through more challenging activities. Each Edabit challenge includes a problem, practice with code, help resources, and a discussion area.
Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials
These Hour of Code activities teach and reinforce coding skills through the familiar Minecraft game. Use code to make your own game or learn the basics of computer coding by moving characters through a Minecraft world.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an organization founded to help close the gender gap in technology. They offer several programs that allow girls to explore coding with peers. Click on Programs to find ready-to-go activities to share with your students.
Pencil Code Gym
Code your own art, music, and interactive fiction! The main language is CoffeeScript, but you can click Reference in the upper left corner to use HTML for writing tags in your code. Click on the pencil on the top left to find a teacher's manual.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Engage in professional learning this week with an upcoming Twitter chat and our Infusing Technology blog. Stop by and say hello if you’re attending the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) conference, and don’t forget to give your input in our weekly poll!
Thursday, 12/1, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will discuss the components of hexagonal thinking and explore ways to integrate it in the classroom.
Share tools and resources for facilitating hexagonal thinking »
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Infusing Technology Blog
Our blog is jam-packed with resources, strategies, and perspectives from experienced educators! Learn about your choice of new topics using the search box on the left side of the page, or click on keywords in the tag cloud to find relevant posts.
Learn about our resources & win an edtech book
The Source for Learning—the people who bring you TeachersFirst—is exhibiting at the VSTE Annual Conference in Virginia Beach December 4–6! Stop by booth 111/109 to enter our raffle and learn more about our free resources or attend one of our sessions.
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This week our poll asks, "Will your students be participating in the Hour of Code?" Share your reply and immediately view the responses of other educators.
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