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Introduction to the Hour of Code at DSBN

3 years ago

“I think we have a real obligation to our students to teach them a skill that is permeating every aspect of their lives. Part of our obligation as educators is to prepare our students for what’s going to come next” - Chad Winnington, IT4L

For the third annual DSBN/ihub Hour of Code week, we are challenging the DSBN to clock 2 million minutes of coding. Last year we surpassed our goal of 1 million minutes by logging 1,925,446 - just under our goal for this year! So we are confident that this year, we can reach our goal! For anyone that hasn’t participated in the Hour of Code, this is a global movement celebrated by students from over 180+ countries that exposes students to fundamental computing concepts. At ihub, we host a series of workshops and activities throughout the week both onsite and within schools across the board in addition to hosting the website where Hour of Code week minutes are logged for a chance to win classroom resources: ihubniagara.ca/hour-of-code/.

Before the website starts displaying minutes logged and before we host our week-long series of activities, we host an annual Introduction to Hour of Code session at ihub for educators to get inspiration and share ideas! This year, Lee Martin, kicked-off our session with an energizing discussion about innovating the classroom, his #daredevilEDU journey and empathy of the first time learner. After Lee empowered us all to adopt an “I can” attitude, we heard from fellow progressive DSBN educators about how they have adopted Hour of Code into their classrooms year round. Josh Bateson brought out his box of EdTech and covered the elementary lens while Jill Russell covered the secondary side of the discussion hitting on how you can incorporate the Hour of Code across multiple subject areas. K-12 IT4 Learning Consultant Chad Whittington closed the evening using examples to create a great illustration of why we need to teach our students to code - and on that note, Hour of Code is a great place to start! Visit our website for details and to register your class: ihubniagara.ca/hour-of-code/