Computer Science in Education Week is December 5-12. The most popular event of the week will be Hour of Code. This is a global effort to get people to dedicate one hour to learning how to code. It may be a little scary to have your students code if you know little about coding yourself. Fortunately there are 171 one hour tutorials to get your students started, there is even a handy How-to Guide. These tutorials are appropriate for pre-readers through adults.
A nice follow up to some of the coding tutorials found at Code.org is Scratch, developed at MIT. It uses similar block coding as Code.org but gives users more freedom to design thier own activities. If you are interested in learning more about Scratch check out Harvard’s ScratchEd. There you will find a community of teachers using Scratch as well as resources like the Creative Computing book and the Creative Computing Learner Workbook.
The MOREnet training team is working to develop new coding classes, keep an eye on the training calendar for the new class offerings this summer.