Resources

From Connectory: CSEdWeek: Seven Resources for this Week and Beyond!

You will find many Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week resources online. Browse the resources on Code.org (a couple are featured here), Google it, or look to your local school and public libraries for additional materials. Code.org also features hands-on, computer-free “unplugged” coding basics for those without devices, without reliable internet, or for kids who may learn better this way. Below are seven resources to get you started this week and beyond:

1. If you’re new to the Hour of Code or don’t have time to create resources for CSEdWeek, look at the educator-created resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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2. An Unusual Discovery: Google created this fun, interactive activity that can be completed in 15 minutes to an hour. Anyone can teach it and no CS background is required. Includes a teachers resource page with instructions.
3. Coding with Star Wars: Star Wars enthusiasts can learn how to build a galaxy with code. Offline versions are available.

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4. Kodable: Students learn basic programming concepts to build mazes and create games. Educators can access lesson plans for basic and advanced coding activities.

5. Crossy Road: Why did the chicken cross the road? Because you told it to! Have fun as you command a chicken to obey your every command. Participants will learn algorithms and sequencing, inputs and outputs, and loops and iteration.

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6. Project GUTS: Code.org has partnered with Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to deliver a middle school science program consisting of four instructional modules and professional development for the introduction of CS concepts into science classrooms within the context of modeling and simulation. The goal of the program is to situate CS practices and concepts within the context of life, physical, and earth sciences, and to prepare students to pursue formal, year-long courses in CS during high school.

7. Libraries [Ready to Code]: The American Library Association’s Ready to Code initiative has resources and tools (from games to websites to lesson plans) that have been curated, and created by library staff around the country.