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Hour of Code

Hour of Code comes to Martinez!

Computers are everywhere in our lives and being used daily in MUSD classrooms for learning. Job opportunities within the computer science and technology fields are increasing everyday.  That is why our school district has decided to help our

students learn valuable transferable, computer-based, career skills by learning how to code.


Computer Science Education Week is December 5-11, 2016. We encourage all of our schools to participate in the Hour of Code! Each school has their own unique plan for how to practice coding that week. Ask your student what plans are surfacing in their classrooms.


Over 100 partners joined together with Code.org to support this national movement. Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign. Check out President Obama’s video about the importance of computer science.

President.jpgHow can your family get involved?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 5-11, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. Even at home!  There 50 Hour of Code tutorials. Try one at home with your family!


What other Computer Science opportunities are available to MUSD students?

The Hour of Code is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications. To continue this journey, MUSD has partnered with Code.org to our own train teachers to expand access to high-quality computer science education to all students.  


In fact, our district is participating in 3 new grant-based programs that have the potential to significantly support us in developing our college and career-based preparation, as well as K-12 computer science literacy.  Under these grants, we have chosen 8 CTE Pathways to develop with our students at both Alhambra and Vicente Martinez High Schools.  


Check out these links and watch for more updates about our Career Pathway Programs:


Hour of Code Resources

Teach code even if you don't know code          


By now you’ve heard about the Hour of Code event, a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming which takes place next week from December 8 through December 14.  I’m sure many of you are thinking “I’m not a programmer, so this doesn’t apply to me.”


Even if you don’t know how to program, your students can participate in the Hour of Code.  The code.org website has a number of fantastic resources for all ages that include both video lessons and online “coding” applications.  These resources are web-based and will run on iPads, netbooks and chromebooks!  Check out some of these grade-level appropriate resources below:



Grades K-2
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   Program the Angry Bird to get the pig at http://code.org/api/hour/begin/codeorg

   Make a Flappy bird game at http://code.org/api/hour/begin/flappy


Grades 2-5         

   Kids will love the opportunity to program Elsa to ice-skate to her destination at http://code.org/api/hour/begin/frozen


Grades 6+

   A series of Khan Academy videos teaches kids actual Java programming, culminating in the opportunity to write actual Java code       online at https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/hour-of-code/hour-of-code-tutorial/v/welcome-hour-of-code

  Code Combat allows your students to navigate a graphically rich adventure game by writing code in a variety of in-demand languages: http://code.org/api/hour/begin/codecombat



Other resources

   HourOfCode.com offers tutorials for teachers on how to host an hour of code event

   Code.org offers a variety of Hour of Code resources for students and teachers of all grade levels

   Scratch.MIT.edu allows ambitious teachers and students to create their own hour of code scratch project