Hour of Code: Where to Go?

Hour of Code is a global movement to make computer programming fun and accessible to everyone around the world. You and your students can learn to code! Many of your students have already dabbled in code and know how to code. Why not join the millions of others to code and push your brain into some new learning.

Below  are a bunch of resources to get started. Many of these have come through my inbox via newsletters and subscriptions I have. To be clear, these links and how they are describe are not my words. I have pulled them from the many emails I receive. I just wanted to curate it all into one place to help everyone out. Leave a comment if there are other resources.



  • Code the News: Videos and graphics are all about tech, diversity, kids and coding! Finished projects can be added to your school’s website as the report on Hour of Code itself.
  • Bestie Greeting Card: Make a holiday-themed greeting card with code! Created in partnership with Girl Scouts of Greater New York.
  • Climate Science & Code: Research and record a video focused on a single fact about Earth’s climate. Code effects for emphasis.

Khan Academy

  • Drawing with code: Learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages (ages 8+).
  • Creating webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).
  • Creating SQL databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create data tables and query the data (ages 12+).

Let’s join Microsoft, Google, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Malala, and millions of others around the world to make history. Have your child start their Hour of Code today!

Skype in the Classroom

Get involved today and invite one of our Technology Guest Speakers to your classroom or one of the Microsofties they will give your students a glimpse into what it’s like to work in tech! You can also connect your classrooms to discuss on their participation in the Hour of Code.


For 2016, Code.org, Microsoft and Mojang are announcing the all-new Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a tutorial that lets students code their own Minecraft rules. This year, students can use code to control how animals and other Minecraft creatures behave—they can create a totally unique Minecraft experience, and then share it with friends or play it on their phones!

The new tutorial begins in a Minecraft world where sheep don’t move, the chickens don’t cluck, and nothing attacks: it’s a blank slate without movement or defined action. Over the course of an hour, students will bring this world to life using computer science. At the final level, they get to define the rules of Minecraft however they wish. If they want, the cows can lay eggs, sheep can explode, and zombies can run away from players!

If you used last year’s Minecraft activity, the new one provides a perfect way to expand your students’ knowledge of computer science. For new teachers, we are pleased to offer both tutorials, which require no experience to teach.

We’re thrilled to add Minecraft Hour of Code Designer to our list of activities for this year’s Hour of Code. If you haven’t checked out the expanded list yet, there are tons of new activities that you can filter on our site based on grade level, experience level, subject area, and more. Find the perfect activity for your class at https://code.org/learn.


Learn to Code with the Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial

Help! The Minecraft developers have all gone on break and the mobs have forgotten what to do. We need you to save the day by programming the Minecraft mobs how to behave!

Last year, over 30 million students completed the Minecraft Hour of CodeTutorial. Beginning with Computer Science Education week in December and continuing, students were introduced to coding using loops, if statements, and low level programming that allowed them to move Steve or Alex around the Minecraft world.

This year brings a new Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial, where learners of all ages will tackle basic programming concepts such as randomness, entities, sequencing, loops, and events to program Minecraft mobs how to behave. No previous coding experience is required. Students of all abilities can enjoy the tutorial.

To learn bring the Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial to your classroom, start withwww.microsoft.com/hourofcode.

Raspberry Pi

Hour of Code – What could YOU do in one hour?

As part of our CSEd Week celebrations, we would love it if you took part in our annual Hour of Code. Visit our specially curated page that contains lots of cool resources, including two new ones specially written for the event!

All the resources on the page are designed to only take one hour, so they’re perfect to get you started.

Visit our Hour of Code page.

We’re also holding a live Hour of Code session here at Pi Towers, run by our Communities Manager Ben Nuttall. You’ll be able to catch a live stream of this on Wednesday 7 December on the Raspberry Pi Facebook page.

Other Links

Here’s Why I’m Going To Teach My Math Students To Code https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2016/02/25/coding-math-gbt/ 

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) boots up Monday, December 5. More than 50 self-guided tutorials that emphasize math, such as:
  • Frozen’s Anna and Elsa in an exploration of snowflakes
  • 10 minutes of code for the TI-Nspire CX
  • a Python exploration of the four quadrants of the coordinate plane
  • drawing flags of the world with JavaScript to learn about shapes and coordinates
Join in the fun. Advocating “an hour of code for every student,” CSEdWeek occurs annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. This year, students all over the world over have registered to participate in nearly 100,000 events, many as part of their entire school hosting an “Hour of Code.”

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