Celebrate CSEdWeek 2020 with a new
Hour of Code activity from CS First – no internet or devices needed!
Google has just released its latest CS First activity [csfirst.withgoogle.com] as part of this year’s Hour of Code, a celebration of Computer Science Education Week which starts on December 7! Hour of Code™ activities may look different in 2020 for many teachers, students, and families, so to support a variety of learning environments, CS First created a new lesson that can be used completely offline and without a computer. CS First Unplugged [csfirst.withgoogle.com] includes a printable booklet that contains three computational thinking activities in which students (grades 4-8) learn about how computer science helps us communicate and stay connected with people around the world.
For those looking to participate in Hour of Code with a connected device, CS First’s Dialogue [csfirst.withgoogle.com] lesson is a great one to engage with this year. This beginner-friendly activity includes video-based instruction to guide students as they program a conversation between two characters. They’ll use Scratch, a block-based coding language, to animate and bring their story to life with movement, dialogue and more.
CS First Unplugged and Dialogue are both available in English and Spanish. Lesson plans and solution guides for teachers (or parents and guardians!) are provided so that anyone can teach and learn with Hour of Code™ — no prior CS experience required.
The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[csedweek.org [csedweek.org]] and