Monday, November 30, 2020

Hour of Code 2020 💻 - December 7-13th - remember to create certificates for your students 😃

Hour of Code is upcoming (Dec 7-13th). If you click here you will be taken directly to the site that includes "How To", "Activities", "How to Promote",  as well as "FAQ".

  • Please note that you do not need to sign up your class for accounts if you do not wish to (if you do - click here for a short video - Going beyond the Hour of Code). 

I hope you and your students enjoy this time for students to be creative, show some grit, laugh, and have fun creating!

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 30 second YouTube tutorial I created followed by information from Hadi Patovi (founder of


The Hour of Code is a month away, happening this year from Dec. 7-13, 2020, and we’re excited to announce 115 brand-new tutorials and lesson plans! Many activities were created with remote learning in mind to support the various classroom models taking place during this time.

Introducing CodeBytes: New mini-lessons for virtual classrooms
We hope everyone can join us this year for CodeBytes, our brand new series of
easy-to-digest, 20 minute interactive lessons that will stream twice daily during Computer Science Education Week, Monday through Friday, December 7-11. If you’re planning for a classroom that’s gone fully virtual, CodeBytes are designed to fit smoothly into a distance learning plan. Episodes are tailored to different grade levels.

Whether students have a computer or a smartphone, they can interact with and tune-in to every episode. Each lesson is hosted by staff and blends computer science with real-world topics, including artificial intelligence and #CSforGood. Take a look at our planned activities, and add your favorites to your calendar so you don’t miss out.

Explore endless computer science topics with brand-new tutorials
This year’s activities dive into tons of different CS topics like AI, data processing, and app & game design, as well as programming concepts like events, loops, and variables!

Students can explore the oceans with SciGirls, learn to code and meditate with CodeSpeak Labs, build a climate clock with Vidcode, or try out another of the 30+ new #CSforGood themed activities and lesson plans! See them all at

No computer? No problem. Unplugged resources for students
Every student deserves to learn computer science regardless of what technology they have at home. A number of engaging new unplugged options from our partners at Google, Kodable, iRobot, and elsewhere are available to learners with low or no connectivity or limited device access.

We’ve also created a printable Hour of Code Unplugged Activity Packet for ages 4-18. Please include these resources in your next communication to parents and caretakers so that your students can still join this global event.

Find a remote volunteer for your Hour of Code
To make this year’s event even more engaging for students, try inviting a volunteer to speak to your classroom! Many volunteers* are eager to help in-person or virtually and are also CS professionals who can speak about their career path.

Whether your students are learning in-person, at home, or a hybrid of both, we hope that these resources can make it simpler than ever to bring an Hour of Code to students of all ages. However you choose to participate, we can’t thank you enough for your effort and support.

Hadi Partovi

*Please note that is not responsible for individuals who sign-up to volunteer 

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