The UK Hour of Code wants every school in the UK to try an introduction to computer science for one hour during the week of the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web (March 3 – 9).

With the UK Hour of Code, Code.org aims to help demystify that coding is difficult and enable parents, teachers and students across the nation get a fun introduction to coding. They hope that this will help build awareness of and confidence in the changes in the September 2014 School Curriculum in England.

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Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. They believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

The Code.org website is full of links to software and tutorials that will get you started. Find out more on the Hour of Code website.

In addition, the UK Government has dubbed 2014 the Year of Code, which you can find out about here. (Warning, contains scenes of George Osborne some viewers will find distressing).

For more on Coding ideas take a look at my blog posts : 8 iPad Apps to Teach Coding, and Teaching Coding with a Makey Makey and Scratch.