Last year was the first year that our school participated in The Hour of Code and the impact that one hour had on our students continues today. So when The Hour of Code timeline approached this year, it wasn't really a question of if but when would our school do The Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is much more than exposing students to learning about code and computer programming. In fact I would argue that coding is actually the minor lesson.
The Real Lessons
We have approached The Hour of Code as an opportunity to pair grade level partners. It is quite beautiful to see our older students work with our younger students. The hour that students work together really becomes much more than learning how to code rather even more important lessons are shared and learned.
The words "I can't" seem to disappear as our older students take on a role where mistakes and trying again is helping not failing.
Persistance and Collaboration
Coding is not a solitary endeavor but it values persistence through failure which is a valuable lesson that transcends any learning. Learners sit side by side and work together to try different challenges and to celebrate when they create or accomplish one of the challenges.
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