Since 2013 Code.org has hosted a week devoted to encouraging students to learn more about computer science and computer programming. This world-wide event has reached over 180 countries and continues to grow each year.
I have personally participated in the Hour of Code for the past three years. It was amazing to watch my students that hadn't shown much interest in academics thrive in the area of computer science and computer programming. Their enthusiasm was inspiring. It even inspired me to start an after school Coding Club.
Benefits of Teaching Computer Science and Computer Programming:
Free Computer Science Curriculum:
My two favorite computer science curriculums to use are CS First (Google) and Code.org. They are easy to use, don't require a lot of extra prep, and they're free. Another site that I haven't personally used, but have heard great things about is Girls Who Code.
Whether you're a tech genius or tech beginner, Hour of Code is a great way to get your students and children interested in computer science and programming.
The Tech Lovin' Teacher: Ed Tech TOSA, 15+ year educator, tech enthusiast, curriculum creator