In 6 weeks, we will kick off the largest learning event in history … for the fifth time. December 4-10th, during Computer Science Education Week, tens of millions of students will gather all around the world to participate in the annual Hour of Code. For many, it will be their first introduction to computer science, but for others, it has become an annual celebration of computer science and the movement to expand opportunity.
Join us and sign up your classroom today for the Hour of Code! And as you do, please go one step further – let us know how computer science is offered at your school, and join the thousands of teachers in pledging to expand access.
If computer science isn’t offered at your school, the Hour of Code is a great way to build excitement and support to start a new program.
And schools already offering computer science find the Hour of Code an ideal way to celebrate CS Education Week, raise awareness of their programs, recruit students into courses, and explore expansion. There are one-hour activities for both beginners and experienced coders. Consider reaching beyond your classroom this week. Host a school assembly, a parent’s coding night, or an activity in your community.
Get started with our easy how-to guide. You can even do an Hour of Code without computers or an internet connection!
12 Free Posters! As a special thank you, we’re giving one free set of 12 inspirational posters to teachers hosting an Hour of Code while supplies last (shipping not included). You’ll receive a discount code to use in our online store after you sign up.
And, we’ve upgraded our servers. As always, you don’t need to create accounts or log in to participate in the Hour of Code. But, if you want to, Code.org and many other partners support classroom management throughout the Hour of Code. In the past, we disabled this because we weren’t prepared for so many users. This year, we’re prepared. Teachers can set up a classroom, assign a Code.org activity, and track student progress in their dashboard. You can also continue to use our other courses such as CS Fundamentals and save progress throughout the week.
Invite a technology professional to your classroom*
Check out our volunteer database and schedule a classroom visit! We’re excited to have university students, independent professionals, and volunteers from technology companies available to make the Hour of Code even more special!
Spread the word. Technology is changing every industry on the planet, and computer science has become relevant to a wide range of careers—even those outside technology and engineering. For millions of students, the Hour of Code will be an inspiring introduction to crucial 21st century skills. Help us reach even more people by forwarding this email to another teacher. Or forward it to a principal to get your whole school on board!
I’d like to personally thank every educator who’s hosted an Hour of Code and made this the largest learning event in history. You’ve been an inspiration to all of us at Code.org. Thank you for your support, and for all you do for the children.
We hope your students have an amazing time!
Hadi Partovi and the Code.org team