Computer Science Education Week is Dec 8–14, 2013

September 17, 2013 at 1:56 am 5 comments

The dates for CSEdWeek are good to know, but the “Hour of Code” from Code.org is an interesting new initiative.

What is Computer Science Education Week?

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is the annual awareness program for computer science education. It is organized each year by the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org. It is a call to action to raise awareness (particularly in the K-12 environment) about the importance of computer science education and its connection to careers in computing and other fields. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

What is an Hour of Code?

It’s a 1 hour intro to computer science and programming, to give beginners a taste and to demystify “code”. For existing CS teachers, it can be anything you want – get creative. For everybody else, we’ll provide self-guided tutorials anybody can do, with just a web-browser or smartphone, or even unplugged, no experience needed. Note:  HTML does not count as an Hour of Code.

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  • 1. gasstationwithoutpumps  |  September 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Sigh, that’s our final exam week, which means that no students or faculty will have time for any extra activities.

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    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  September 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      In past years, they’ve encouraged Universities with that conflict to do something the week before or after and still “count it” (log it) on the website. I’m not sure how that will all work out with the Hour of Code.

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  • 3. The Hour of Code is Coming! | Event Digger  |  October 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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  • 4. manjeet nota  |  November 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Why does HTML not count as an hour of code
    My children are participating in HTML activities and learning to use Note pad as well as Code Editor in out school VLE to edit their content. They have been writing and experimenting with HTML code? So why is it not included?

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    • 5. gasstationwithoutpumps  |  November 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      I have no connection to the “Hour of Code”, so I can’t say for certain why they decided to exclude HTML, but I suspect it is because HTML is descriptive markup, not a procedural or functional language. As such, it does not contain a lot of the key concepts that one might wish to impart (like iteration, conditionals, and recursion). Javascript became popular because it added these capabilities to HTML (though many think that the way it does so is awkward and klugey).

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