Hour of Code-Finding Time for Big Changes with Small Steps!

Posted on January 23, 2014, under Time and Energy, Time Management Skills.

Hour of CodeHave you heard about the Hour of Code project sponsored by Code.org?

It’s a campaign anchored in the schools, that is aimed at getting students (and really anyone) to make a small stab at learning code.  And while the kick-off was in December, the Hour of Code  continues to be a resource for anyone who wants to give it a try!

Hour of Code: What Happened and Why

Here’s a quick overview, from the article by Rip Empson titled Code.org: 2 Weeks And 600M+ Lines Of Code Later, 20M Students Have Learned An “Hour Of Code”:

On December 9, Code.org kicked off a new, nationwide campaign called the “Hour of Code,” which asked teachers across the U.S. to help introduce their students to the basics of computer science through the organization’s coding programs and tutorials. Timed in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, the campaign has sought to change the perception of Computer Science in the American education system — chief of which is the fact that, today, 9 out of 10 schools in the U.S. do not offer computer science classes.

Hour of Code and Time

The very powerful time management skill in play here is that of taking a daunting task and chunking it down into small, doable bites (or bytes, in this case).

Writing code actually lends itself quite well to this format; and the benefits are quickly apparent, so there’s an excellent incentive to continue the process.  Indeed, my VA, when I told her about this project, was very interested and has been exploring the lessons and tools in her spare time!

Hour of Code: Letting the Images Speak for Themselves

Here’s a video overview of the project that captures the intent, as well as the excitement, of the enterprise.  When a task can be made small enough to feel accessible, then stepping into it becomes easy!

To make it even more fun, here’s Bill Gates explaining “If Statements”:

And here’s Mark Zuckerburg explaining repeat loops … ;-)

Have you ever had any interest in writing code?  If you’re like me, that may not be something that attracts you.  BUT, the time management skill that this project illustrates is a powerful and practical tool that you can use for ANY task you want to accomplish.

So, here’s to chunking things down into small bytes – and to your time success!

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There are 8 Responses to “Hour of Code-Finding Time for Big Changes with Small Steps!”

#1 Michelle Liew - 23 January, 7:54 AM

Breaking big tasks into smaller ones is the way to go!

#2 Lisa Mallis - 23 January, 8:00 AM

Paula -

Thanks for sharing this resource. Though I don’t have an interest in coding (my 2 classes in college was quite enough thank you!) I’m going to share this with my nephew! I, like Michelle, appreciate the small steps approach to time management. Whenever we can look at a small, doable step – completion is eminent!

Lisa

#3 Francene Stanley - 23 January, 9:37 AM

I’ll leave this to the youngsters. But I agree that they should know how things work. It sounds complicated to me, but young minds grasp things quickly.

#4 Alison - 23 January, 10:24 AM

Highly invigorating – it got me excited! Now let’s see what the next baby step is for me… Thanks so much for introducing this and all the other great avenues you open in your blog, Paula!

#5 Paula Eder - 23 January, 10:02 PM

… and it’s especially helpful if you’re a juggler! ;-)

(Loved your post!)

#6 Paula Eder - 23 January, 10:05 PM

Hi Lisa – It was definitely the small steps approach that drew me to this project. If I ever were to explore coding, it would need to be in very small chunks. Hope your nephew finds this interesting – and glad you’re sharing it!

#7 Paula Eder - 23 January, 10:06 PM

LOL, Francene, I think I am with you when it comes to coding. But I hope you found the basic concept intriguing.

#8 Paula Eder - 23 January, 10:07 PM

Yes, indeed, Alison – baby steps are the surest way to move ahead. Well said! ;-)

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