Code.org is a nonprofit organization created in 2013 that aims to bring computing to more schools in the world and especially encourage the participation of women and students of color in this area. Code.org believed to be necessary for computer science and programming code are part of the curriculum in schools and colleges, in the order of importance of Biology, Geography and Mathematics.
The organization has the support of important people in the world of computers as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg attended the launch video for the promotion of this movement.
Among the main goals pursued by this organization are:
- Inspire students
- Create fantastic courses
- Reaching the classroom
- Improving the diversity of courses Platform Studio Code
- Being Global
- Train new teachers in computer science
- Changing the curriculum
- Establish policies to support
The time code
On December 9, 2013 Code.org organized the Time Code (Hour of code), an event in which over 20 million people for one hour produced more than 600 million lines of code involved.
For this year, the Time Code is scheduled to be held on December 8 and so invites teachers, students and the general public to spend an hour to get into issues related to computer science, where it does not require any previous experience, because the activities are designed to guide students in the process. Code.org provides a list of tutorials you can choose to learn to program in different programming languages, which can be accessed from smartphones, tablets and computers.
Some tips to participate in the Time Code
1. Select a tutorial.
- Check out the list of tutorials and choose the one for your class.
- Try to get familiar with it to support your students arrived the day.
- Tests for tutorial on computers that use to be sure it works properly.
- Check out the preview of the “Congratulations” page to see what your students will get to completion.
2. Plan based on the available technology.
- If you do not have enough equipment you can consider your students work in pairs, so they can support each other and have more time for questions.
- Make sure you have the necessary equipment. For example, if the tutorial works best with headphones, verify that you have the required amount or plan to ask students to bring them on their own.
- If your Internet connection is not very powerful’re projecting videos or upload them using a cannon before starting the course.
3. Inspire your students.
- It starts showing the video of start of the event.
- If this is the first time your students have contact with the subject fail to give a brief introduction, try to use clear and simple language, lean on a story or activities of daily living.
4. Guide your students during the activity.
- Locate the link to access the tutorial, you can place homepage or favorite in your browser.
- Support your students during the activity resolving doubts and offering positive reinforcement.
- Check the support forum to ask questions and find solutions.
- If a student finishes early encourage him to solve one of the tutorials available or to support the rest of his teammates.
- All students have the opportunity to print their certificate at the end of the activity through the mail, but can also print certificates all at once .
- Encourage them to continue to learn from the tutorials, the time code is only the first step.
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