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The Hour of Code 2017

Dear Parents,

Last year, all K-5 students participated in the Hour of Code, a week dedicated to promoting the importance of learning to code. Code is a set of instructions or rules that computers can understand. Coding makes it possible for us to develop software, apps and websites. Learning to code promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills, resilience and creativity, math and writing skills, and prepares students for a future that increasingly requires an understanding of how technology works.

That’s why our school is once again joining in on the largest learning event in history by participating in The Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 4th – 8th.

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. Hour of Code is an initiative to get students to spend an hour of time learning to program/code. It is designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. For more information on this global event, go to https://code.org/.

Students in K – 5 will continue to delve into the world of coding in computer lab by completing the Code.org computer science fundamentals courses. Students in 4th and 5th grades will also have the opportunity to join our IRDS Coding Club, which will begin during lunch recess in January!

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Ilan Ramon Day School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To learn more about what we do every week in computer lab and to find programs for your child to explore at home, please visit our computer lab website at http://ilanramoncomputerlab.weebly.com/.

Jill Miller

Educational Technology Specialist

Ilan Ramon Day School

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