In Honour of Computer Science Education Week

Alas, Computer Science Education week always happens during our black-out week so we are not able to schedule an Hour of Code with our students. But the least I can do is give you something entertaining and thought-provoking  to help you procrastinate with your marking…

Here is a 15-minute podcast from Planet Money entitled When Women Stopped Coding, about why the numbers of women dropped so rapidly in the 80s (1984 to be exact).

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Why not try your hand at one of the Hour of Code workshops? I recommend the Khan academy introduction to javascript or the Code Academy  one!

I have also been reading this interactive article that gives a very in-depth but accessible guide to what is meant when we say “Code”. It is long, so I recommend reading it in chunks, but it is also very thorough!

 

Hour of Code Highlight: Maximize the popularity of Frozen and Code with Anna and Elsa!

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Have some kids who are finished their work? Are they sitting there twiddling their thumbs? Ok, at this time of year, probably not. But still, now that we all have the songs from Frozen in our head due to our fabulous Holiday Concert last night, why not take a second, get into the Winter spirit and learn to Code with Anna and Elsa?

The tutorial is made for beginners, so anyone can do it. For example, this is how you begin:

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Ok. I did it. Ooh- I like how you can view the actual code behind the blocks:

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Ok. There are 20 pieces of the puzzle, so I won’t bore you with each step, but here are a couple of screenshots.Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 10.31.58 AM

Although this was at a lower level than I should have been doing, I still got momentarily stumped by the need for specific directions. It is like that game we used to play as children, when one person would pretend they were blind and the other had to direct them across the room? The computer is like a blind kid.

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And, as the byline on this blog says- if I can do it, so can you!

(I’m totally going to make my kids do this.)

The Hour of Code is coming

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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and over 30 languages. Ages 4 to 104.

Source: csedweek.org

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It sucks that Computer Science Education Week happens during our black out week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore on your own or take a workshop offered in Montreal!

The Apple store on St. Catherine street is giving short Hour of Code workshops for kids on Thursday after school.  There is also an introduction to Ruby (the language Clay Jannon uses to build his virtual 3D bookstore in Mr. Penumbra!) for girls aged 8-13 and their parents given by the wonderful women at Ladies Learning Code. This is happening tomorrow so if you are interested you should register now!

Don’t have time to attend a workshop? That’s okay! Take one of the amazing tutorials on the Hour of Code website. I highly recommend the Khan academy’s introduction to java script. It is fun, interactive and easy to follow!