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Hour of Code- A Great Success!

Hour of Code 

A Great Success!


We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. Only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.

That's why our school during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14) joined the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code. Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we joined students worldwide during the last two weeks to reach 100 million students!


We had rave reviews from our students and teachers during this opportunity to teach these foundational 21st century skills. I've included some of our teacher's comments below. If you would like to check out the Hour of Code programs available for your child see http://hourofcode.com/us.


A few of our teacher's comments:


"My fourth graders did The Hour of Code on Friday. They absolutely loved it! They worked collaboratively when they got stuck on a level and were motivated to move from one level to another.  Many students said they would continue the games at home and asked if we could do it again next week.  Many of my students completed the basic games in less than an hour and moved on to the more advanced levels. I think it was a great experience!"


"The students loved it.  Many of the kids took off with the coding.  Others were frustrated but it was a good frustration. It required them to draw upon their perseverance and problem solving skills.  I had feedback from parents too, who were excited that we were giving the kids the opportunity." 

"Yes, my class did participate and most of the students LOVED it!  A handful felt intimidated but when paired up with more confident peers these students were fine. Several of them went home and continued there. It was fun!"


"My students participated on Monday.  There were glitches, but we were patient, and they did the Angry Birds coding.  A few went home with the website and did some more on their own. Some of my students advanced to the Frozen coding assignment and enjoyed the challenge it provided."


Happy Holidays

Colleen Shields, Principal