• "Hour-of-Teaching" Code Mini Workshop

    "A Philly Educator's Site To Help You Inspire Others"

  • Introduction & Agenda

    This website is not a replacement for the "super-fantastic-spectacular-cutting-edge" Code.Org Curriculum and Training Workshop offered for FREE nationwide (Click Here To Learn More). This site was developed as a brief introduction to the program and will hopefully spark conversation, collaboration, and the need for one of our K5 Affiliates to bring this program to a school or district near you! Tell Your Entire Professional Network About It Today!

    Prior To Starting

    Prior to starting this "Hour of Training", please designate someone to read ahead. You will need to have a few people "prepped" and ready to TEACH an Unplugged Lesson as part of this course.


    Links to resources are provided below, but the Teachers are encouraged to teach "outside" of the lesson plan and resources. The educators and professionals who developed this curriculum are ecstatic about the possibility of having everyone contribute to the Best Practices Knowledge Base that is being developed every time someone plans one of the lessons!

    Please email me with suggestions, about any part of the program, or add them to the comment section below! Thanks for taking some time out of your busy day to review this material.

    Session Agenda

    • 5 Minutes: Introductions and Ice Breaker (See Below)
    • 5 Minutes: Reasons To Teach Kids To Code - Watch Video
    • 10 Minutes: Reading & Discussion Portion Of The Training (Click for Curriculum Guide pdf)
    • 5 Minutes: Code.Org K-5 Curriculum Introduction
    • 5 Minutes: Try It! (Plugged-In Lessons On Code.Org)
    • 25 Minutes: Unplugged Lesson Presentation - Getting Loopy
    • (Hopefully You Have Someone Who Has Read Ahead!)
    • 5 Minutes: Wrap-Up / Discussion / Additional Resources / Replace Electrolytes
    • (This Is The Part Where You Register For A Workshop And Tell A Friend!)

    Ice Breaker

    Everyone gets an index card. Write your name and why you want to teach code in class on one side, and write your definition of the word "ALGORITHM" on the back! Introduce yourselves and discuss the definitions. Share your reasons for wanting to teach code as a wrap-up activity, and see if any of your answers have changed since the beginning of the session. Most of all....HAVE FUN!

    Reading & Discussion Portion of the Training

    Please spend a few minutes reading this fantastic article from Tynker.Com about why students should learn to code:

    LINK TO ARTICLE (Click Here)


    Discuss, with your colleagues, what the top three reasons are to include this curriculum into your classes. How can you make time for it?


    How will you create assessments?


    Discuss how to include CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING, and PERSISTENCE into all your lessons!

    Introductory Online Lessons on Code.Org (Click to go to CodeStudio)

    Please spend a few minutes creating a TEACHER Account on Code.Org, and try some of the online levels in CodeStudio!

    Thinkersmith Mission: “Our mission is to introduce all ages, races and genders to the fun, passionate and creative side of computer science and computational thinking. We strive to provide a positive, low-stress, and energetic environment where any student can safely explore their high-tech curiosities. Through these ideals, we aim specifically to increase equity in the computer sciences as we work to attract and retain girls, women and other non-traditional computer science students. We believe that computers are a tool and that they should neither replace or hinder physical activity, environmentalism, nor philanthropy.”

  • Reasons To Teach Code - Video's To Help Start The Conversation

    Meet The Founders of Code.Org and Learn About Their Vision!

    The Vision Behind The Movement!

    Code.org's founder, Hadi Partovi, talks about the organization's work, and shares how computer science touched him enough to dedicate his life to bringing computer science education to every student, in every school.

    MindShift: "Why Coding Is Important"

    "Education is about preparing kids for life, and public education is about helping people have equal opportunity, helping those who don't have as much money have a more level playing field," says Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, in an interview with MindShift

    Change The World - Hour of Code

    Computer science is a foundational field that opens doors for all boys and girls. Starring Sheryl Sandberg, Jasmine Lawrence, Karlie Kloss, May-Li Khoe, Mia Epner, Alice Steinglass, Jess Lee, Jessica Alba, Paola Mejía Minaya, Malala Yousafzai, and Susan Wojcicki.

    Equity in CS Education

    This video discusses the major factors that play into equity in computer science education. The video is intended to be a discussion-starter and does not delve into actual solutions. Further resources can be found at http://code.org/equity

    Getting Loopy "Unplugged" Lesson Intro Video

    This lesson introduces the programming concept of loops (repeated instructions) through a dance activity. Students will learn simple choreography, then be instructed to repeat it. LESSON PLAN (Click Here)


    Using the links below, designate 1-2 people to plan and teach the following lesson. You could also have each person teach the lesson to their class in advance and then use the time in this program to share out observations and best practices.


    Use the video above as an opening introduction to the lesson (only if you wish too), and think of creative ways to introduce, teach and assess the lesson. The UNPLUGGED lessons are the key to unlocking the main themes, primary vocabulary, real-world ties, and many other advantages to the overall curriculum. These lessons are the key to overall engagement and energy for teachers and students alike.


    Please utilize the TLO Model for this exercise. Designate educators (1-3) to Teach, others to Learn, and 1-2 to be Observers. The Teachers, Learners and Observers of this lesson should all view the lesson with the following question in mind:


    Where do you see evidence of the following terms: Creative, Collaborative, Communication, Problem Solving, and Persistence?


    When the lesson is complete, the Teachers should be able to explain what they would give as homework, and what they would do to follow-up the lesson the next day. Observers should then give feedback according to the terms above. Discuss, as a group, any ideas that would make the lesson better (think unconventionally and "outside the box"!).


    Finally, wrap up the training session by reviewing the additional links below and by having everyone register for the full-day of training at a workshop!

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