Melissa Alkire


What Does the 'Hour of Code' Really Look Like at a K-12 School?

So, what exactly do teachers do during the 'Hour of Code?' The first school in the U.S. to make coding part of the core curriculum reveals all.

"Anybody can learn to code." That’s the mantra of, and it became our school's mantra as well during the Hour of Code.

I'm a global history teacher and technology integration specialist at Beaver Country Day School, an independent school for grades 6-12 located just outside of Boston. On Monday morning we held a schoolwide "Hour of Code" as a part of Computer Science Education Week. Teachers throughout the school led students through a variety of tutorials and activities that connected their specific course content to coding. Simultaneously, teachers throughout the United States and beyond worked in a similar fashion to highlight not only the significance of coding in today's world but the practicality (and necessity) of it. As of today than 12.4 million participants have participated in an Hour of Code from December 9-15, exceeding the goal of introducing 10 million students to one hour of computer science.

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