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Hour of Code

Dec. 5, 2018 


Hour of Code Pflugerville ISD students across all grade levels will be conducting their own computer programming Dec. 3-19 as part of the national Hour of Code initiative.

Hosted by the nonprofit Code.org, Hour of Code is designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics. The introduction to computer science in previous years reached millions of students in more than 180 countries.

“The Hour of Code event helps bring to light that social studies, language arts, math, science and fine arts courses all contain elements of coding,” said PfISD Instructional Technology Coordinator Kathryn Ives. “Code.org and Hour of Code fosters student interest in computer science, and encourages them to continue to explore this topic even after Hour of Code ends.” 

PfISD students have a variety of options to choose from, including “unplugged” activities that do not require computers, and use of the district’s programmable robots, such as Ozobots and Blue-bots. 

Students may choose programming activities on Code.org, which provides a wide range, including activities themed after “Star Wars,” “The Grinch,” “Minecraft” and more, each using drag-and-drop blocks in programming. Advanced participants may opt instead to use programming languages such as JavaScript, Java and Python.

Other coding websites and apps are also available for use, such as the more advanced App Inventor by MIT, which provides tutorials on the building of Android apps.

Students may also learn more about upcoming local and national-level coding contests and programming events.

PfISD Instructional Technology leads the district effort, with help from campus staff and faculty. Community volunteers have also joined in. 

At River Oaks Elementary on Tuesday morning, General Motors employees led fourth- and fifth-grade students on coding lessons using the Scratch website, a project of the MIT Media Lab.

PfISD campuses with more than 85 percent participation in Hour of Code will be registered for a campus-level prize. All campuses with 85 percent participation will also be registered for the district-level prize. 

Thousands of PfISD students across all grade levels have previously taken part in Hour of Code events. 

For more on Hour of Code, visit https://code.org .

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