Hour of Code and Coding Resources

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.  This grassroots campaign goal is to have as many students as possible try an Hour of Code during December 7-13 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

Dunlace embarked on Hour of Code activities in our classes, but wanted to share also a list of valuable sites to extend coding into your homes. The links provided below will redirect you to the appropriate site.

  • Code.org was launched a couple of years ago to push for wider access to computer science learning in schools. It is relevant not for its campaigning but for its resources and lessons like the K-8 Introduction to Computer Science to the collection of tutorials from a range of sources.
  • The EdSurge Guide to Teaching Kids to Code is a pretty all-encompassing guide to coding resources, largely from the point of view of parents. The best place to begin is, unsurprisingly,”Teaching Coding: Where Do You Start?” but there’s around 50 very decent resources to use.
  • Made With Code by Google: Google has a mission encourage girls into the computer sciences. They have made this site a great place to start for
  • brand new and intermediate coders. It has projects which are easy to follow, with a very decent resources section which is updated regularly.
  • MIT Media Lab’s Scratch Team offers up support for Scratch, one of the most popular coding tools for youngsters and is built to help those with little or no experience in coding. It lets students create animations and stories with building blocks that mimic the structure of computer code. It’s pretty simple for beginners but there is a guide to help everyone get started.
  • Tynker’s Hour of Code Free Activities is a set of games for pupils to pick up basic ‘computational thinking and programming skills’ centered around the Hour of Code offering. A good section for parents is included as well.
  • The excellent Common Sense Media group have a typically sensible and moderated selection of Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding with reviews and insights.
  • CodeAvengers is an online platform will help to inspire those hard-to-reach kids who want to learn to code games, apps, and websites. There is over 100 hours of lessons on how to code.
  • W3Schools  is a series of free online tutorials to help older kids (and adults) learn individual coding skills. You can pick and choose what you want to learn, rather than going through a series of specific courses.