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Info about our 3rd annual #HourOfCode buddies activity at @The_School. #kidscancode #csedweek

Today is the third annual Hour of Code buddies activity at The School at Columbia University. Older students are partnered with younger students for consecutive years at our K-8 with the goal of forging long-lasting community bonds (K/4, 1/5, 2/6, 3/7 with Grade 8 floating when needed).

Here are two useful resources for planning an Hour of Code in your classroom or school:
1. A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom via EdSurge.
2. Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level by Jacqui Murray. (Many thanks to @AliceBarr for tweeting about Jacqui’s awesome post!)

Dylan Ryder and I examined some of the available Hour of Code activities and crafted the following planning document for today’s activity:

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Excited for our #HourOfCode buddies activity this afternoon at @The_School! #KidsCanCode

I again registered The School at Columbia University to participate in the Hour of Code happening next week around the world. Our school event will take place this afternoon during Buddy Time where K and 4th, 1st and 5th, 2nd and 6th, and 3rd and 7th grades are paired. Below is our plan for this afternoon:

K and 4th
“Angry Birds” Maze Puzzle (sequencing, loops, conditionals)
Use 4th Grade laptops

1st and 5th
Lightbot Mazes/Puzzles
Use 1st Grade iPads

2nd and 6th
Hour of Code Activities with Scratch Jr. [brand new activities this year]
Use 2nd Grade iPads

3rd and 7th
Animate Your Name, Design a Holiday Card, or Create a Pong Game with Scratch
Use 3rd Grade laptops

EXTRA for ANY Grade
“Frozen” Drawing Snowflakes with Anna and Elsa
Use any laptops or iPads

Dylan Ryder thoughtfully prepared older students with instructions to let their younger buddies control the device (iPad or laptop) and actually do most of the coding during the activity. I appreciated Dylan’s reminder to the kids that “in the end, today’s buddy activity is mostly about being a good buddy, and much less about Computer Science.”

To inform and involve the parents, this month’s TechTuesday was an opportunity for me to meet with parents and preview some of the Hour of Code activities in order to learn about ways to support learning programming and coding explorations from home.


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So glad so many teachers at @The_School are participating in @CSEdWeek’s #HourOfCode!

GoogleDoodle for Grace Hopper's 107th birthday
Today’s GoogleDoodle commemorates Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday, and this whole week (December 9-15, 2013) is designated as Computer Science Education Week. In order to get people, especially kids, interested in coding, Code.org and @CSEdWeek are imploring folks around the world to participate in an Hour of Code.

I received the following by email today:

Today, over 5 million students — in 25,000 classrooms, across 160 countries — will be first to experience the Hour of Code, to learn one hour of computer science through Code.org’s new learning platform, with video tutorials by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosh and Bill Gates, or through other activities.

Try an Hour of Code now at http://hourofcode.com


Code.org and all the partners behind Computer Science Education Week encourage students, parents, and educators worldwide to engage in computer science. This isn’t just about one hour. See new free curriculum or how to partner with Code.org to bring CS to your whole district at http://code.org/educate

Please join us in supporting this unprecedented event to make history for computer science. If you’re doing your own Hour of Code, share it with the world using #HourofCode.

There are great tutorials and activities on the Hour of Code site, so as a prequel to this week, Dylan Ryder and I organized a buddy activity on Friday afternoon to get older kids and younger kids to run through a command code scenario using scenes from Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.(You can jump around the 20 different levels on the site here: http://learn.code.org/hoc/1) Many thanks to Kathryn Kaiser, Primary Division Principal, for helping us to coordinate with teachers and students from six different grades!

Hour Of Code

6th graders paired with 2nd graders, 5th graders paired with 1st Graders, and 4th graders paired with Kindergarteners. @DylanMRyder captured and tweeted a terrific image which was further retweeted by Code.org!

Girls love to program! #HourofCode kicks off @CSEdWeek early @The_School. 4th grdrs teach K buddies to code. #edtech pic.twitter.com/ebyEk7KvRC

— Dylan Ryder (@DylanMRyder) December 6, 2013

Later this week, middle school math teachers (Katie Reimer, Sabrina Goldberg, and Katie Hildebrandt) will be offering 6th, 7th, and 8th graders choice activities on Wednesday to further participate in the Hour of Code.


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