Computer Science Education Week

December 9-15

 

Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education.  It is organized by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org, and is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

This year the Portsmouth School Department will be participating in the Hour of Code.  An Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.  The Computer Science Education site provides a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. 

Students at Hathaway and Melville with be participating in the Hour of Code during their Library Media class during the week of December 9-15.  Check out some of the tutorials for beginners that our students will be utliizing! 

Code Resources

Code.org: A non-profit dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming.

Computer Programming: A variety of activities and videos on Khan Academy about computer programming.

What is Programming: Video from Khan Academy explaining computer programming in terms that kids will understand