Tech Tip Tuesday: Starting Planning Now for Hour of Code!

by Jon Blow,  Downingtown Technology Integration Coordinator

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news — we’re on our way to change this. If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know that it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners joined together to support this 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.

This year, let’s make it even bigger. I’m asking you to join in for the Hour of Code 2015. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13.  From K-12, Hour of Code is great for all ages.  Help our DASD students learn the language of computers, the language of “code”.

Get started at

What to-do now?

  • Schedule a date/time with your instructional coach (elementary teachers), IDITs (6-8 teachers), or Suzanne Hanbicki (9-12 school teachers) to help.
  • Schedule with grade-level partners or department members to ensure sufficient devices….Hour of Code is device-agnostic.
  • Talk with your principal regarding logistics.
  • Invite Pat McGlone to take pictures!
  • Secure parent volunteers.
  • Promote the Hour of Code!

Let us know if you plan to participate by sending an email to!


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