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Schools urged to register for Hour of Code campaign

Antony Savvas | Feb. 10, 2014
Schools are being encouraged to register for the UK Hour of Code learning campaign on 3 to 9 March.

Schools are being encouraged to register for the UK Hour of Code learning campaign on 3 to 9 March.

The campaign has been launched by Code.org, e-skills UK, Tech City UK, Founders4schools and a wide range of digital entrepreneurs and technology companies.

After taking the US by storm, UK Hour of Code plans to be the biggest ever UK initiative to get students, teachers and parents learning to code "in just one hour".

The week-long UK Hour of Code campaign marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by the UK's ultimate coder, Tim Berners-Lee.

Hour of Code aims to teach the basic skills of computer programming in just sixty minutes, through fun tutorials and lesson plans that feature well-known characters from apps and games.

In one tutorial, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's Bill Gates team up to encourage learners to program their very own Angry Bird. For more experienced students and teachers there are more advanced tutorials too.

Teachers can download and print ready-made certificates of achievement for pupils that take part. In the US, Hour of Code was tried by 15 million students over one week in December 2013.

 

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