iLEAD Challenges All Learners, Facilitators To The ‘Hour Of Code’
iLEAD SCVI Facilitator Ingrid Moon is inviting all iLEAD learners and facilitators to participate in the annual event – Hour Of Code. iLEAD will be participating on Friday, December 10, 2021. As part of this global event, Moon has assembled The iLEAD Hour of Code Challenge:
All our schools participate in an Hour of Code.
All our learners participate in an Hour of Code.
All on Dec. 10.
This event is designed to challenge all learners to start their journey to learn computer science and coding. Hour Of Code has served 1,326,708,180 learners and represents a global movement in over 180 countries. In 2021 alone, there are already 83,572 registered events.
Moon – who learned to code long before the internet became a thing – is adamant that the skills and confidence in knowing technology accelerated her career into management in high profile companies.
“Coding gave me an edge when jobs that did not exist during college were suddenly the highest paying around,” said Moon. “Most of my career was managing people and projects, not coding. But I would not have had that career without my coding skills.”
Now, Moon has taken her initial career and applied that knowledge and skill set to teaching all students coding.
“Even if you’re not as passionate about technology as I am, you can pass along my passion (and future opportunities) to your learners for me,” said Moon. “My goal is to get more learners of color, more girls and more young kids interested in using tech and coding.”
Moon is excited to share her passion with others and also explain to learners a few key facts about coding:
- Coding is for everyone, not just “smart kids” or nerds
- Coding is not as difficult as it seems
- Coding is a fun way to learn, and express learning
- Coding will create future career paths that may not even exist yet
Here is how Coding connects with iLEAD:
International – No matter where you live, technology, programming languages and coding skills are universal. Hour of Code is a program designed to inspire kids around the world to find an interest in tech.
Leadership – Workers with coding skills are better prepared to innovate, create and manage jobs in the future. The confidence they build while learning to code develops into stronger and more creative leaders.
Entrepreneurial – Coding skills empower people to develop solutions to problems and build off their own creativity – whether it’s running a bakery with automated machines, or building robotic implants for disabled vets.
Arts – Coding is an art as well as a tool for creative expression. These days, being able to manipulate technology to make things or change the world requires a background in the foundations of tech.
Design Thinking – Working with technology requires thinking about solutions and designing how things should work. It also leads to deeper understanding of mathematical, abstract, language and communication concepts.
Moon said that Coding is ideal to meet iLEAD Learner Outcomes in the following ways:
- Critical Thinking – Kids learn to solve problems using the information and tools given to them.
- Academic Engagement – Coding creates engagement, builds confidence and improves performance in math and logic, communicating and collaborating, and creativity.
- Growth Mindset – As kids figure out how to code, they discover that they can learn something new or “hard.”
- Career Readiness – Skills learned from coding are in demand in many jobs and are critical for innovation.
- Social Intelligence – Learners help one another and collaborate to solve problems without the challenges of “group projects.”
- Grit – Coding offers a safe and fun way to learn to fail – with incentives to persevere and learn resilience.
- Purpose – Opening the doors to creative expression in technology gives kids the power to make a difference in their world.
- Zest – You’ll never see your learners more excited to learn than when they are making their own games or apps.
Here is how facilitators can get ready:
First, you do not need to know how to code to run an Hour of Code. Learners will use self-directed tools to learn to code. If they get stuck, other learners will help them.
Again, the challenge is to set aside an hour on Friday, Dec. 10, to hold your Hour of Code class. You may want to explain the ‘why’ behind the Hour of Code. Choose one or more:
- You can use tools like this in your projects and POLs.
- These skills will help open doors in your future.
- All your friends at other iLEAD schools are doing it.
- We are an international school and we want to participate with other schools around the world.
- These skills help you keep up with your peers in other schools.
- Everyone can code and we’d like for you to give it a try.
- You can learn how to make your own apps and games to share!
See this presentation for more details, resources and lesson ideas. The main place to find self-directed coding tools is HourOfCode.com. There are even ideas and activities for pre-readers! On behalf of iLEAD Schools, Moon would like to encourage all directors, facilitators, learners and families to get involved.
For Moon, this is a mission. She thinks that all educators should embrace the coding experience for all learners. In terms of career opportunities, coding is transformational, according to Moon.
“If there is ever something that all learners should know for more opportunities in the 21st century, coding is it,” said Moon.
(For more info, reach out to Moon at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to HourOfCode.com.)