During Computer Science Education Week, millions of students around the world will participate in Hour of Code. They’ll learn the fundamentals of coding and how much fun it is to create. What they might not learn is how they can apply that learning to their current passions and interests, or their future careers. That’s where Skype in the Classroom comes in!
On December 3rd until December 7th, Skype in the Classroom is partnering with Code.org to host a five-day series of free, 30-minute Skype broadcasts called Meet Code Creators! We’ve invited computer science professionals who are also artists and have taken their passions for dance, movies, storytelling, games and the environment, and used their coding skills to bring those passions to life in new ways. They’ll help make what students are learning through Hour of Code relevant to what kind of jobs they might want to do in the future.
On Monday, you’ll hear from two artists using code to create wearable technology.
On Tuesday, we’ll go behind the scenes with Minecraft.
On Wednesday, we’ll see how computer science brought the magical illustrations of a Harry Potter book to life.
On Thursday, we’ll explore how technology is used to animate movies like Coco and The Incredibles 2.
On Friday, we’ll learn how Artificial Intelligence is helping address some of the world’s biggest problems.
You’ll have a chance to hear about the Code Creators’ career journeys and ask them questions via our live global chat for an hour after each broadcast.
To connect your classroom with one or all five of the artists in the Meet Code Creators Series, register here.
Each episode of the series will broadcast twice at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST on December 3rd – 7th with the live Q&A directly following.
And if you haven’t already signed up, have your students do Hour of Code with Minecraft by playing the free Minecraft coding tutorial, Voyage Aquatic. No computer science experience is needed!
To connect with more global live learning experiences, visit Skype in the Classroom to see how you can bring thousands of virtual lessons into your classroom. You’ll also find dozens of Activity Plans to help provide learning activities around your Virtual Field Trips, Guest Speaker Sessions and connections with other classrooms to play games like Mystery Skype.
For a full look at what’s to come for Computer Science Education Week, check out the latest episode of What’s New in EDU: