Prepping for Hour of Code

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 5.52.51 PMSeeing over 270 Hour of Code events planned for Indiana schools energized me Monday morning. I started pulling together some resources for those who might want to join, but aren’t sure how to get started. This afternoon I managed to put them into the Symbaloo webmix above. In the lower left are videos to promote the event, including some from last year’s Hour of Code that I really liked. There is a small cluster of Google related tiles-you expected that of course. And there are a three specifically for sharing with parents. The rest are primarily tools-some of the tools have video tutorials to accompany them. You will find a large range of activities for all ages.

In just the last three days, the number of Indiana Hour of Code events has jumped to 346, and I expect it may even double before we reach December 8th and the beginning of the week dedicated to promoting coding education.  I can’t track down what I did with the data from last year, but I remember the #INeLearn Twitter stream overflowing with posts from Hour of Code participants. I even exchanged emails today with a teacher who got her entire district on board last year!

Knowing that a large population of those who participated in the event last year are on Twitter, my co-moderator Keshia Seitz and I are planning our Dec. 4th chat around Hour of Code. I’m always impressed with the response the #INeLearn network gives, and suspect we will have a resource-rich archive to share on Friday morning for those late comers to the Hour of Code party! My secret hope is that we draw in new chat members as well as fire-up our regulars. If you would like to join us, we meet at 9 p.m. EST. You can check out what #INeLearn is about on our chat blog.

In additioScreen Shot 2014-11-20 at 6.27.05 PMn to promoting Hour of Code as a member of the Office of eLearning, I am also collaborating with my fellow Indiana Connected Educator board members to get the word out. We have put together this Pinterest board of resources that you might want to explore. It includes blog posts that are not included in the Symbaloo webmix above.

For those who enjoy the opportunity to network in person, we are trying out something new, ICED Kaffeeklatsches! Thanks to my good friend Tim Wilhelmus for the nod to Hoosier’s German roots in our naming of the series. Tim also came up with the great graphic that will be shared with ICE members who want to sponsor an ICED Kaffeeklatsch.

So what is an ICED Kaffeeklatsch? Indiana Connected Educator Discussions (ICED) over beverages! I raised the question of starting these up on Google+ yesterday morning, and we’ve already got four sponsors lined-up for a beta series around Hour of Code. Check back next week for updates on the map.  If you are interested in organizing an ICED Kaffeeklatsch, all you have to do is:
1. Pick your favorite hangout place.
2. Decide on a date and time.
3. Start sharing it with others (and ICE will help get the word out).

I’d love to hear what you’re planning for Hour of Code!

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