Providing tech information and resources for your patrons can be a continuing challenge in libraries! There are several discussions floating around the library world right now about different areas in this topic; so we are sharing one here to see what kind of resources might be available for your own work.
I am wanting to give my teen homeschooling community access to easy and fun access to beginner’s coding courses here in the teen department of my library. Where would you suggest I start? (I have absolutely NO knowledge on how to code or where to begin!)
Continue reading Coding info for libraries serving teens!
Hour of Code is coming and it is a global movement, bigger than ever!
It is especially exciting to see the surge of girls participating in this empowering skill. Go to the main Hour of Code site, read through the FAQ’s right off the main page to get questions answered. Although some may think this is only school centered, it could be a great makerspace activity too!
CMLE staff would love to share your Hour of Code success stories. Be sure to send us who, what, when and where after your event and include Hour of Code in the subject line.
This year’s Hour of Code was another successful one! Talahi Community School is one of the many schools that participated in the worldwide event, and they were featured in the Saint Cloud Times. Mark Sommerhauser writes, “supporters say Hour of Code gives a much-needed injection of computer skills training into elementary-school curricula.” Students from kindergarten to senior high participated in the event throughout Minnesota as well as the nation. According to the Hour of Code’s page of Minnesota events, these schools from the CMLE region also participated:
- Big Lake High School – Big Lake
- Delano Public School – Delano
- Eagle Valley Public Schools – Clarissa
- East Central Elementary School – Finlayson
- Hershey Middle School – Hinckley
- Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead Public Schools – Howard Lake
- Kaleidoscope Charter School – Albertville
- Kennedy School – St. Joseph
- Linwood Elementary – Wyoming
- Madison Elementary – St. Cloud
- Milaca High School – Mille Lacs
- Northwinds Elementary School – Buffalo
- Osakis Public School – Osakis
- Parkside Elementary School – Buffalo
- Pierz High School – Pierz
- PRIDE Transitions – Buffalo
- St. Michael-Albertville High School – St. Michael
- Stride Academy – St. Cloud
- Tatanka Elementary – Buffalo
Did you participate? Let us know!
It’s almost here: the Hour of Code! Millions of students from all around the world are expected to participate in the Hour of Code this year, which is known for encouraging young students – especially girls – to learn coding. As if kids needed another reason to participate this year, Code.org will be featuring characters from the movie ‘Frozen’.
Want more on the Hour of Code? Check out our blog post from last month, which includes more details and links – including links to coding apps. Since that post, we have found another coding app that is worth your time: Hopscotch.
Check out this video about the Hour of Code, which helps illustrate how excited students get about this opportunity:
Hour of Code is coming! During the week of December 8th through the 14th, students all around the world will try their hand at coding for an hour. According to the organization’s website, “the Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.” The Hour of Code can be hosted at anytime during the year, but participants are encouraged to do so between December 8th and the 14th, which is Computer Science Education Week. Anyone can organize an Hour of Code event, and the website provides you with a nice how-to. Some statistics from last year’s event show the benefits of the Hour of Code:
- 15 million students participated around the world
- it reached those 15 million users in just 5 days
- more girls tried computer science than they have in the last 70 years
Want more coding resources? Check out the list 6 Inspiring Websites That Teach You To Code, or the app Tynker, which teaches coding to children.
And, check out Code.org’s video about the Hour of Code: