We live in a world surrounded by technology, and whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.
Many classes throughout Macquarie College will be participating in the Hour of Code during the last few weeks of term. The Hour of Code is the largest global learning event in history. Since it began in 2013, our students have participated in this event each year with more than 100 million others worldwide.
Macquarie College has a school-wide commitment to giving students STEM coding opportunities that combine Maths, Science, Engineering and Technology in meaningful ways to develop their critical problem solving, computational thinking, and technological fluency, empowering them with essential 21st century skills.
Participating in The Hour of Code is one way we do this, and is also something you can encourage your children to continue doing on computers at home, or you can even get involved and do some activities with your young children also! Students are so excited about seeing their basic coding activities translated into on-screen action, we encourage parents to engage with children about what they are doing as part of the Hour of Code.
The Hour of Code website (www.code.org) offers a diverse range of fun, interesting and challenging guided and self-directed interactive coding and computer science learning opportunities. These are suited to children aged from three to 18. We encourage you to get involved in The Hour of Code with us in 2016.
Mr McElevey and Mr Cox
Digital Technologies Facilitators