As you may know, this week, Code.org is hosting The Hour of Code: a one­ hour, online introduction to computer programming. Ten million students nationwide will participate. Students will learn the basics of programming using kid­-friendly puzzles and games. We are encouraging every P.S. 9 parent to spend one hour to guide your child through the Hour of Code. You can participate on any Internet connected device: a computer, a tablet, or even a smartphone!
PS 9 PTO Logo, in binary background
Why are we doing this?

Computer Science is at the heart of most modern industries, yet we hardly teach it in our schools. Check out the infographic at http://code.org/stats Our children need to understand not only how to use computers and apps, but how to make computers do new and better things. It’s not about bits and bytes; it’s about breaking down complex tasks into steps so simple that a computer can do them.

How do I do it?

Help your child learn to code by following the steps below, then email us to let us know that you took part! (Parents, feel free to do these exercises yourself, too. They’re fun!)

  1. Open http://code.org/learn on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  2. Select a tutorial from the Tutorials for beginners (or Tutorials for mobile devices if you’re using a tablet or phone).
  3. Let your student work through the tutorial. They can work with a parent, a friend, in groups, or on their own.

And have fun! #hourofcode