The founders of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google all started their journeys with just one line of code. This week 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms across 167 countries will be trying out code as part of Computer Science Education Week. Khan Academy created an ‘Hour of Code’ lesson. At the end of the hour, students will have (hopefully coded their very own greeting card to send to someone this holiday season:
If they can type, they can code. Coding may seem a little scary to some, but Khan Academy have made a fun hour of coding that’ll have them building things in a snap. They have custom made a tutorial for students that requires no prior experience and is good for grades 3 to 12 and beyond – anybody can learn:
For those of you NOT on Twitter (tsk, tsk!) – here’s a screenshot that you should be mysteriously getting from your child this week, indicating proficiency in dealing with word problems dealing with fractions with different denominators. It doesn’t have to be 5 consecutive correct ones – well at least this week
If you don’t, please talk to your child. She or he can do this at home too on Khan Academy. And they aren’t that straight forward! Try one.
Khan Academy – Grade 5 (Content was selected for this grade level based on a typical curriculum in the United States). If you want harder or easier stuff, search for the curriculum one grade level higher or lower.
This is a GREAT tool for Home Learning. Watch a video or 2, try some of the questions. Get stuck – click ‘get a hint’ or watch the video again, or watch the second video – there’s normally at least 2 videos.