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School Librarian Saturday: Code.org

In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-3 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend).

Today we have a website that teaches computer coding, called Code.org.

What It Is: Code.org is a “nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.” The site has coding resources for educators and students.

What’s Good About It: Code.org started the Hour of Code initiative, encouraging students around the world to try coding. The learning resources for Hour of Code make coding engaging for students.

What’s Bad About It: Not a whole lot of downside for this one.

Last Words: If you are a school librarian and you haven’t tried Hour of Code with your students, I encourage you to give it a shot. We’ve been doing Hour of Code for 5 years now and it’s always one of the best weeks of our year.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.