Being a Part of the Hour Of Code
Our Ed-Tech guru Alex Crooks was live on Twitter to engage with education technology aficionados from across North America and was able to engage in some thought-provoking quips. Using the hashtag #EdTechChat he was able to become involved in some really interesting Q&A across different levels of educators, during the Hour Of Code.
“Using pseudocode can help make topics that require logic clearer in multiple subjects.” He posted as a response at one point.
Yours truly didn’t even know the term “pseudocode” was a thing until seeing co-worker Alex bring it into conversation effortlessly, which is what being a part of the Cogmation Robotics team is really all about; constantly learning new things.
This little revelation on its own reminded me that the Hour Of Code isn’t just for people those individuals engaging directly in the learning workshops; it can be a ripple effect of positivity.
Students who are excited about learning new things, and teachers who in turn see how excited their students are about new topics, both race home to share those stories with their families. In turn, family members could bring up these excerpts of positive learning experiences in office and playground conversation, and continue the ripple effect of learning.
Learn to Code With Me founder Laurence Bradford had a similar “A-Ha!” moment when first watching the Hour of Code commercial.
I thought, “Wait .. All of these celebrities are promoting kids to learn how to code?” Sure, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were no shockers. But Will.i.Am? And Chris Bosh? What were these dudes doing here?!
Needless to say, Code.org’s mission to have every student exposed to computer science was impressive. In fact, it played a huge inspiration in me getting off my lazy butt and try coding out.
However, when I started, I jumped right into a Udacity course. I didn’t think this #HourOfCode movement had any relevance to me and my goals.
It was for kids, right?
As it turns out learning to code can be for anyone who wants to learn something new. There are two days left in this international movement, so be sure to tune in to Twitter and follow the hashtags #edtechchat and #HourOfCode or #CSEdWeek2016 to keep in touch and on top of other learning revelations, tips, tools and success stories.
The journey of learning, like any good journey, is best shared with others.