Hour of Code 2016: Code the News! #HourOfCode #MakerEducation
Hour of Code provides tons of great resources for educators and students alike. We hope you and your school had the chance to participate this year!
As Computer Science Education Week comes to a close, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite activities shared on Hourofcode.com this year.
Vidcode integrates social studies and current events into a coding project that teaches students how to create the graphics used by media companies and news networks. There’s even an opportunity here for students to use this tutorial to do a recap of their school’s participation in Hour of Code.
It’s the HOC News! Videos and graphics are all about tech, diversity, kids, and coding. Finished projects can be uploaded to school website as the report on the HOC itself. Teachers can encourage students to use the news to report on what they learned, or a statistic for their school. “Breaking News: 400 students at Roosevelt participate in the Hour of Code”
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.