Hour of Code on Khan Academy is an annual online event designed to introduce various aspects of coding (aka computer programming). Although this FREE event is officially held from December 8th through the 14th, many of the activities are available right now. If your child has an interest in coding, I highly recommend visiting Khan’s website now.
Using Hour of Code with your child
What is Hour of Code on Khan Academy?
This year Khan Academy is doing even more to create meaningful hours of codes for all learners (and, as always with KA, for free)!
This year pick from or have your child pick from:
- Hour of Webpages: This hour teaches your child to make their own Hour of Webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS, finishing with a holiday greeting card. Your child needs good typing skills and a keyboard to program in HTML/CSS. Recommended ages: 10+.
- Hour of Databases: This hour teaches the fundamentals of databases, which are how apps store data about users and content. Hour of Databases Your child will use SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying, finishing with a project to create a database for an imaginary store. Your child needs good typing skills and a keyboard to program in SQL. Recommended ages: 12+.
Each option includes the following content:
- Videos and “talk-throughs”, which are how we teach programming concepts.
- Coding challenges, which give your child a chance to practice the concept and give us a way to automatically grade them and award points.
- A final project, a way for your child to use what they’ve learned in a more creative, free-form way.
We believe that it will take your child about an hour to get through any one of the options. However, we also believe on Khan Academy that your child should be able to learn at their own pace, so we encourage you to give your child more than an hour (like 1.5-2 hours), or make it clear that they don’t need to finish the entire lesson.
What is Hour of Code?
Hour of Code is an initiative to get students to spend an hour of time learning to program, as part of national CS Education Week (December 8-14, 2014). Hopefully, after spending just one hour coding, your child will want to keep going with many more hours of code.