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Kyte Challenge for the Week
Hour of Code resources
Holiday Shopping List!
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Volume 2, Issue 14
December 3, 2018
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December 2nd is World Computer Literacy Day! According to Wikipedia, this day started in 2001 and it aims to "increase awareness and drive digital literacy in underserved communities worldwide." To support this, consider letting your students explore how different parts of the world (even different regions of the US!) have widely different levels of access to digital resources such as quality internet connectivity, instruction in basic computer skills, and education about finding, evaluating, and managing information effectively.
Dare County Schools mission is to create literate users of technology and information, as opposed to just functional users.
Weekly Kyte Challenge
This week's challenge is to complete the "Code.org" module in Kyte. It is a nice short one! Should take around 34 minutes. There are additional tutorials about different coding apps that range anywhere from 6-58 minutes. These are aimed at a variety of ages. Even Kindergartners can code!
The Hour of Code has its own website chock full of games, lessons, commentaries from people in the computer science field, videos featuring athletes/business owners,/celebrities and more. Every year they come out with a new game aimed at students. This year it's a dance party theme where students code characters to do Fortnite dances and more.
The website is www.code.org
Hadi Partovi and his twin brother Ali are computer programmers who started the nonprofit Code.org to help educate others about the importance of teaching and learning coding. They hope that all students can learn coding as a language or a subject just like they would learn history or geometry. Today the organization is funded and run with the help of many multinational corporations and international board members and advisors. They claim 10% of the students in the world have participated in Hour of Code.
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is celebrated during Computer Science Education Week, which falls December 3rd-9th this year. This date was chosen in recognition of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper's birthday. She was a computer pioneer (and subject of this week's book recommendation!) You can celebrate coding any day of the year by helping your students explore coding games, uses, careers, innovators, etc.
What and Why
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
"Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Acclaimed picture book author Laurie Wallmark (Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine) once again tells the riveting story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly was “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys. With a wealth of witty quotes, and richly detailed illustrations, this book brings Hopper's incredible accomplishments to life."
This holiday season, consider coding!