It feels like a lifetime ago, but way back in March we made some promises to the computer science community to keep the learning going as schools closed around the world.
We began to follow through on those promises by supporting our amazing network of administrators, teachers, students and parents with a variety of new resources for at-home learning, including specific help for teachers mid-course.
We also created a space for community and encouraged the creativity, collaboration and connectedness that are the hallmarks of our curriculum through Code Break, our series of live, one-hour computer science lessons with help from special guests. Thousands of students around the globe tuned in each week with us to learn about algorithms with Hill Harper, simulations and data with Bill Gates, and variables with Yara Shahidi, among many other lessons.
No one could have predicted how much COVID-19 would disrupt the K-12 school system in the U.S., and it’s clear as the new school year begins that many classrooms won’t look like they did last year. Some districts have cautiously returned to campus, opted to go fully online, or implemented a combination of in-person schooling with virtual classes.
To continue supporting teachers — and many parents — as they head back to school, we’ve introduced a variety of resources to make teaching with Code.org as seamless as possible, whatever classrooms may look like.
We have modifications for each of our courses
Our courses are intended to be taught in-person as part of a collaborative and inclusive classroom environment, but we recognize that in-person instruction won’t be possible for many, if not most, classrooms. As a result, our curriculum team has been hard at work creating modifications to our existing course so they can be readily taught online or in a socially-distanced classroom setting.
To that end, we’ve rolled out modification guides for all three of our courses — CS Fundamentals, CS Discoveries and CS Principles — as well as a list of frequently asked questions to make the transition as smooth as possible.
We are here to help you, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not see your question answered.
Looking ahead toward Hour of Code
Hour of Code engages millions of students around the world each December, and we know that many appreciate being able to connect with their classmates, peers, and friends to do one of hundreds of Hour of Code activities together. While in-person activity may not be possible this year, there are still some great ways to participate and we have some creative new ideas to support distance learning during Hour of Code 2020!
We’ve refreshed many of our guides for hosting successful Hour of Code events, including a new one for hosting in virtual settings. As always, a number of Hour of Code Unplugged activities allows students with limited internet access to participate and feel included.
Volunteers and partner organizations play a crucial role in making Hour of Code successful. Whether you volunteer virtually, in-person, or with your company, you can make a huge impact on the way students view computer science and their own potential. See our volunteer guide for more information.
Hour of Code may look different this year than it has in the past, but we can make it as fun and engaging for students as it’s always been.
We’re here for you
The entire Code.org team is thinking of our nation’s teachers as they head back to classrooms or work with parents to conduct class in this new online world. We hope our support and these new resources will make the transition just a little bit easier, and together, we’ll make it through.
-Hadi Partovi, Code.org