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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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Computer Science Education Week

Toronto Catholic District School Board students participated in Computer Science Education Week with an Hour of Code™ from December 9-13, 2019 - a global movement and one of the largest 21st Century learning initiatives held in over 180 countries worldwide. 

The week began with Coding with Kinders where students from Precious Blood Catholic School, along with members of the St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy’s Robotics Team and the TCDSB 21st Century Learning team gathered together to explore and learn all about coding.
 
From Tuesday to Thursday, St. Alphonsus students of all ages participated in STEAM MakerSpace coding activities, facilitated by the members of the TCDSB 21st Century Learning team.

The week ended with a 
HackerGal Computer Science Education Week event with students from St. John XXIII, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Dunstan Catholic Schools who teamed up Hackergal and Toronto-based Apple Arcade games developer, Snowman to drive awareness of coding messages and to promote coding adoption in the classroom to help get students future-ready. The event began with a presentation from CanCode organization Hackergal, followed by a keynote address from Toronto-based app developer Snowman, interactive sessions on iPad, Hour of Code with Swift Playgrounds and a collaborative open-ended challenge on iPad to design an app prototype in Keynote. ​
 
It was a wonderful week aimed at inspiring the next generation of computer science workers. 

Check out photo highlights below. Click here​ to watch City News coverage highlighting Friday's Hackergal event. 
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What is coding? 
Coding plays an important role in our world today in the creation of computer software, websites, games, and the apps on your phone to name a few.

Why learn coding?
Learning to code helps students develop 21st Century competencies such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Click on this link to view a poster on “Why do you want kids to code?”

Who can code?
The Hour of Code™ is open to students of all ages, as well as to teachers, with activities available for all skill levels from beginner to expert. No previous experience in coding is required!

Where do I start?
To prepare for your Hour of Code™, please review the additional information and resources by clicking here

How do I participate
To register and participate in the TCDSB district-wide Hour of Code™ event please click here.

Celebrate!
You are invited to share the events of your Hour of Code™ on Twitter. 
Please include the hashtag #TCDSBcodes.
 
Join us in being a part of this exciting global movement introducing millions of students to computer science and developing key 21st Century learning skills!
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