Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What Does Hour of Code Look Like In Vermont?

What did Hour of Code look like in Vermont?

Hundreds of kids from around Vermont built their awareness (and confidence) with computer science! Over two hundred Vermont schools signed up to participate in Code.org's Hour of Code event. Check out our own showcase of Vermont participation at http://thinkaboutcode.blogspot.com/ or get a really quick two min glimpse into what Hour of Code looked like in Vermont with the following video.

And for a closer  look, check out the collection of pictures you all submitted directly to Vermont’s Hour of Code site in our 2015 Gallery.

Many of you created your own multimedia stories. They were AWESOME!   We've added them on the Featured Stories page.

Some of you had guest speakers come directly to your school, while others were able to interact with guest speakers remotely as made possible by today’s  Video Conferencing technology (such as Google Hangout or Join.me). Thank you to Peter Drescher and the Agency of Education for recruiting some great role models for our students to interact with.   The great thing about this  guest speaker series is that you can view the archive (or parts of them)  anytime that works in your instruction.   Snippets ranging from advice to girls from female coders to troubleshooting excerpts can give your students a glimpse into the world of coding outside our schools.

Some of you saw the Robot Rodeo Announcement  as an opportunity to continue coding beyond and hour of code. From January to May, Vermont schools will be hosting (and training through code) a fleet of fun codable robots in preparation for an upcoming Robot Rodeo.  If your school is interested in hosting a robot, or know someone who would want to sponsor a robot, check out

And if you are an educator who would like to grow your own ‘ability to code’, why not do it together through the upcoming January course (online) at Marlboro College - CREATE WITH CODE, EDU621D.W16 designed for educators with Little to No experience to gain confidence with code and how to integrate it in their classroom. Marlboro  College Graduate School  CREATE WITH CODE, EDU621D.W16

And a big CONGRATULATIONS to Chamberlin School for their $10,000 award from Code.org.

GREAT JOB Vermont!  

Note from Lucie: Thank you so much to everyone for participating in this collaboration. Although I was almost 3000 miles away, I felt like I was much much closer throughout the week. (of course the 75 gigs of Verizon data I used to collaborate with you helped a bit, too). I'm so proud of my fellow Vermont educators for all that you do for our students.

If you want to see your specific school’s submission to the http://thinkaboutcode.blogspot.com/ ,  just click on the hyperlink tag with your school’s name.  Some of the submission had no names, so I tagged them “NEWS”.

You can simply click on each day’s submission tag.


Cambridge Elementary School Hour of Code Picture

Cambridge Elementary School students love a whole week of code!