Category Archives: Hour of Code

#TheFeed – MIEE Report: It starts with an iDEA, by Graeme Lawrie

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Graeme Lawrie, Director of Innovation and Outreach at Sevenoaks School, and explores the digital initiative iDEA, which is a national project that hosts a series of online challenges and events allowing the users to win career enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain nationally recognised awards.Visit the author's original post

One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding



How many people write code worldwide?

During Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5 to 11, there will be many millions. They’ll be all ages, they’ll code in more than 45 natural languages, and they’ll do their coding from over 180 countries as they participate in the fourth annual Hour of Code.

The founders of Hour of Code, tech entrepreneurs Hadi and Ali Partovi, believed that not enough people know how to write code, that everybody should, and that everybody could, just by giving it a try for an hour.… Visit the author's original post

Complete an Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week

Next week sees the return of Computer Science Education Week, and with it the opportunity to join tens of millions of other students in over 180 countries, in participating in the Hour of Code!

Promoting STEM in the classroom

Digital skills are set to add £3bn to the economy in the next five years, and it is important that the next generation doesn’t miss out on the potential the digital world offers and the ability for them to succeed in it.

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MEC Monday: Technology Guest Speakers for Hour of Code

Last week for our MEC Monday blog post we looked ahead to the upcoming #Skypeathon (November 29th & 30th – mark your calendars!) by exploring the Skype in the Classroom Personal Development Webinar, hosted by Skype Master Teacher and MIE Expert Jed Dearybury. The webinar took place last week, but the recording is now available on the same page within the Microsoft Educator Community.

This week, we’re once again going to preview and upcoming global event by looking at some of the supporting materials that can be found on the MEC, and showing you how to get involved.

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7 ways to figure out this coding thing

So, you’re wanting to learn how to code but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you just want to know what the fuss around computer science is about? Or is it that you know you need to help your students figure out programming? Here are some ways to get started.

1. Hour of Code

Hour of Code is exactly what it sounds like and is a perfect “first time” introduction to what goes into coding. With a super simple block-based approach, you’ll go through a series of lessons that show you the basics of programming, all in under an hour.Visit the author's original post

Cracking the Code…Again?

Circa this time last year I blogged about Cracking the Code, a post highlighting the ever growing popularity of coding activities in Ireland and it would appear that this growth has continued in spades, the number of Coder Dojo clubs for instance this time last year was 77 that number’s now in excess of 200. However as previously mooted much of the publicity around coding tends to be focused on after school activities  however there are many schools nationwide doing pioneering work in this space also.… Visit the author's original post

Give students a head start in computer science studies and careers

Interest in computer science amongst incoming college freshmen is surging to record levels. That’s promising news given the widely-reported shortfall of code-literate graduates to fill computing jobs, with an projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020. Now academic institutions face a time-sensitive resource gap: responding to student demand for computer science curriculum in a race to produce enough skilled workers to fill the demand for future jobs.

Bring Computer Science to your Classroom

To help meet demand at your school, Microsoft IT Academy has expanded its Computer Science curriculum with engaging and flexible learning tools that guide any student from foundational computer science concepts to advanced programming.… Visit the author's original post

Doug Bergman: Changing of the Nerd

by Doug Bergman
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Finally being a nerd is cool. Being a nerd is marketable, profitable, and even sexy.

There was a time where access to electronic and digital tools was just not possible. There was a time where obtaining information was not something you or I could reasonably do; the cost of gadgets and digital equipment was so high that only elite scientists and large corporations could afford it. The world of science, research, and discovery was just not possible for the layman.… Visit the author's original post

The Commendable Hour of Code – DPSI, Gurgaon, India


Hello and welcome to the Wall of Achievement of student of classes 3-5 of DPSI, Gurgaon, INDIA! This is a display of achievement of our students having completed the ‘Hour of Code’ and being a part of this a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Our students participated in ‘Hour of Code’ event during computer science week(8th to 14th December) with great interest in programming and contributed to each other’s learning by working in groups as well as helping other learners.… Visit the author's original post

Showcasing Creativity


I’d like to end the 2014 school year on a super high note by showcasing three students who have been doing some incredibly creative activities at home. It’s one thing to learn how to use a tool. It’s another to take that skill and push the boundaries to make something new and different. These students show creativity, innovation and dedication to their craft.
Meet Kayla

Kayla began coding two weeks ago with the Hour of Code week. She worked through the ice-skating with Anna and Elsa activities on  first.

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Julie Hembree: Adding Coding to Your Literacy Bag of Tricks

by Julie Hembree
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

I am a reader, a writer and an elementary school librarian. What I am not is a computer programmer or coder, or so I thought until recently. This fall when the wave of publicity increased about the Hour of Code, and National Computer Science week, I dismissed it. I simply didn’t think coding was anything I needed to teach during my library lessons, especially in elementary school. I have so much to teach in my weekly lessons already, why should I add more to my plate?… Visit the author's original post

Doug Bergman: Hour of Code

by Doug Bergman
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

What an exciting time to be alive and in Computer Science!

Ahh yes….Computer Science…..but I bet many of you do not know what Computer Science really is?

Surprisingly, most of the world does not have a real understanding of what Computer Science is.

“….What?! Sure we do. Of course we do. We hear it all the time. We took typing classes in high school and  classes on spreadsheets and word processing and desktop publishing…We know what it is!…….”

Uhm….no…..… Visit the author's original post

Tammy Dunbar: Taking Time to Teach Technology

by Tammy Dunbar
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

teachergeekExcitedly showcasing an Hour of Code activity for my grade level teachers, I was speeding through how one could easily project the website onto the classroom screen and model for students how to snap blocks of code in place, programming the Angry Bird’s journey through the maze to capture the Green Pig.

When I looked up from my screen, expecting to see looks of amazement on their faces, I saw one of my colleague’s eyes glazing over.… Visit the author's original post

A Classroom Reports in from Hour of Code

Welcome to Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code! This week millions of students around the world will learn the basics of computer science using fun, easy-to-follow programming tools, such as our own TouchDevelop Jet Pack Jumper Hour of Code Tutorial.

Over the last few days we have shared reviews of the Hour of Code experience from two Washington State classrooms--Kalama Middle/High School and Bellevue High School.

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Today we're honored to share perspectives on Hour of Code from Matthew Amaral, English/Puente Teacher and AVID Coordinator, and his students at Mt.Visit the author's original post

“Coding in your MOS class?” Yes!

Last year Microsoft Learning Experience’s Academic Team visited Helen Andrews, Microsoft Office Specialist teacher, and her class at Bellevue High School in Washington State. On that day, we asked which Microsoft IT Academy resources proved to be helpful and which resources we needed to improve. We also asked the MOS students, comprised of boys and girls in grades 9-12, whether or not they had experience with computer programming, and whether or not they would be interested in taking a programming class.Visit the author's original post

An Hour of Code in 2014 – Ideas for your classroom

Want to join in on all the Hour of Code fun? Simply follow the Hour of Code guide, and pick an activity from some of the ideas below. Enjoy!

Hour of Code is taking place right across the globe this year from 8-14 December. This global movement introduces programming and coding to students and is growing from strength to strength with over 15 million students joining in an Hour of code from schools worldwide last year.… Visit the author's original post

A Classroom Reviews Hour of Code with TouchDevelop

Millions of students will participate in Hour of Code the week of December 8, but we're already hearing from classrooms getting an early start. This week, 6th- and 9th-grade students at Kalama Middle/High School in Washington State experienced an Hour of Code firsthand using TouchDevelop. As you prepare your own Hour of Code event using our three simple steps, let the perspectives from students and Business & Technology Instructor Katherine Schmit inspire and guide your classroom’s experience! 

Students’ Perspectives

“My Hour of Code experience was pleasant and easy to learn.… Visit the author's original post

An Hour of Code, A Lifetime of Learning

Next week, millions of students around the world will take a “behind-the-screens” peek at the programming languages that power the devices in their lives—from laptops and tablets to smartphones and game systems—and experience firsthand the limitless opportunities that computer science provides. Microsoft is proud to partner with for this year’s Hour of Code, the global challenge to teach 100 million people to learn to code.

Get Your Start with an Hour of Code

We've made it simple to host your Hour of Code with TouchDevelop, a free coding tool designed for students with no prior computer science knowledge or skills.

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Bringing Hour of Code to Your Classroom

As a child of the 80s, the computers I grew up with were designed as much for programmers as for users. Computer magazines typically included pages of printed code for applications that you could type in and run on your own machine, and the comparatively primitive nature of those early home machines made for a great environment to learn how to code and debug simple applications.

Fast forward to today, when millions of students use computers as a daily part of their learning experience and yet have little understanding of what goes on under the covers.… Visit the author's original post

Discover What Can Happen in an Hour of Code, December 8-14

In a world powered by technological innovation, one would think that today’s student is inundated with curriculum that opens doors to computer science—one of the fastest-growing job sectors. The reality is that most K-12 students are not exposed to computer science unless they demonstrate a special interest in computers. 

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Using the U.S. as an example, 90% of primary and secondary schools don’t offer computer science classes. 25 states don't allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.… Visit the author's original post