First, you must start planning early. For a successful event, there will be many details that you can easily overlook. So, give yourself enough time to work out the kinks and avoid too much stress. You want to secure a location for the event. Decide if you want to have a kickoff assembly or some other way to get students and staff excited about the coding activities. Finally, make it special and have fun!
Is that it? No! But those are the highlights. When I began planning our school's event, I knew that I wanted to have special events and media coverage (shout out to our principal for taking care of this). So, I used the templates provided by www.code.org to draft invitation letters. I emailed these (for quick, inexpensive communication to school and community leaders). The excitement of getting confirmation from leaders and community members fueled my passion for this cause/event. If you are not a planner or not that organized, no worries, just make sure you connect with code.org (website) early. They will supply you with all the materials you need: stickers, lesson plans, posters, certificates...YOU NAME IT! Our theme was Coding Cafe and teachers used a Sign up Genius (http://www.signupgenius.com/)to pair up with other classes to share what they learned about coding during the week. The comments from students and teachers during the week and seeing the reactions of our guests made all the work worthwhile.
Share some of your Hour of Code event ideas.
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H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
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Y- Year End Review
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