I recently came across this tweet from Ian Simpson, Head of Computer Science and ICT at the St. Louis School of Milan.
Keen to link up with two or three schools for an hour of code showcase in December. Ideal if we can be online at same time or pre-rec option
— Ian Simpson (@familysimpson) November 6, 2015
#HourOfCode is an initiave that I’d heard of, but never really paid any great attention to, partly due to the fact that programming is already pretty embeded into the Scottish Computing curriculum. It launched in 2013 and asked teachers, schools, even full districts to pledge to do a 1 hour long session of coding through a variety of different activities. You can find out more by watching the video below.
I decided that this year I’d give it a go with a couple of classes and contacted Ian; it seems like a nice way to push our International Education links – we already have existing links with schools in Tianjin, China and Donkorkrom, Ghana. You can read Ian’s blog post about the event over on his blog.
The classes that I’ve picked out seem really interested in the project, particularly with the chance to link up with a classroom in another country.
I’ll be sharing my experience of the event here after the live link up on the 11th of December and (fingers crossed) provided it all goes to plan I’ll be on the look out for other opportunities to link up with classes in other cities & countries.