The Hour of Code: Introducing Coding to Students

There is no doubt that the Internet is the way of the future. Throughout our Swift Twitter Recaps and other blog features, we have explored how businesses, products, and our lifestyles will be affected by the Internet of Everything. We’ve even seen how the Internet has changed the classroom with services like YouTube EDU and Discovery Education Canada. These resources make learning easier and give students and teachers access to educational materials that may otherwise be unavailable, but how will the Internet affect curriculums?

The Hour of Code is probably the world’s largest learning campaign ever. Over 30 school boards in the US have introduced Code.org to their students, and it has quickly spread to the rest of the world. As of November 18, 2014, well over 47 million people have tried it.

So what exactly is it? With the Internet being the way of the future, most inventions and innovations will rely heavily on the ability to write code. The Hour of Code is a movement to get schools to start supporting and teaching code in the classroom. The young students of today will be the ones shaping our technological future, and since technology is advancing so quickly, it’s crucial that coding be introduced at a younger age.

The Hour of Code, which is taking place December 8 to 14, 2014, will show the world that computer science can be fun and exciting. There are a number of game-like tutorials that show students how to write code for computer programs, video games, animations, and so much more. There are also video lectures featuring tech giants like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

The goal of the Hour of Code is to reach 100 million students and to convince school boards around the world that teaching young people the art of coding is paramount for building and designing a future steeped in technological wonders.

Learn more in the video below, and click here to try the Hour of Code today!

Feature image: A scene from the Hour of Code promo video.