Tens of millions of students of all ages and backgrounds have tried an Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics. A team of two teachers (Caroline Swanson and Patreca Swanson) introduced the Hour of Code to Patreca Swanson’s eighth grade math class.
The students competed to win the title of “first to finish” the twenty-step tutorial on basic steps to using drag and drop programming which is game-like in nature. The tutorial was self-guided, allowing students to work at their own pace and skill level.
Jessica Dillingham, Breanna Hodges, and Catherine Stodola prevailed as the first to complete the twenty-step Hour of Code tutorial “Frozen—Create a Wonderland with Anna and Elsa” on the website: http://code.org/learn.
Certificates were completed and printed for students who finished the tutorial. All of the students in the class seemed interested in the tutorial. In fact, several of the students completed the first tutorial and proceeded to another activity which helped them to make their own game.
The Hour of Code is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications; Elkview Middle School wants to continue to offer opportunities for its students to advance in technology.