900 teachers dive into computer science with Code.org and Kahoot!

Our friends at Code.org run some awesome initiatives to prepare computer science teachers all over the US. Read how they used Kahoot! for PD in their recent national teacher conferences!

December 3, 2018

Earlier this year we teamed up with Code.org on a mission to make computer science more accessible for students of all backgrounds and bring more fun into it with game-based learning. Together, we created a special collection of high quality kahoots curated by Code.org for teachers to use in their classrooms to teach computer science.

Professional development for computer science teachers

Another awesome initiative by Code.org is helping educators get on board with teaching computer science, no matter if you’re new to the field or have previous experience in tech. Nearly 85,000 teachers from all backgrounds have already participated in Code.org’s professional development workshops. It turned out that teachers enjoy learning with Kahoot! just as much as their students, so it quickly became part of the workshop program.

Leveling up! Code.org uses Kahoot! in national conferences

Recently, Code.org hosted their national Teacher Conferences in Atlanta and Phoenix with more than 900 middle and high school teachers. Kahoot! was used across 21 breakout rooms and two ballroom sessions, and it worked great for gathering teachers’ opinions, starting discussions around the most relevant topics, and sharing knowledge.

Code.org national teacher conference in Atlanta

National Teacher Conference in Atlanta

One of the most discussed topics of the conference was assessment, and, over the course of the event, organizers used Kahoot! to gather teachers’ opinions about it. The goal was to figure out teachers’ assessment needs, find ways to solve and implement them over the 2018-19 school year and, generally, initiate a discussion around this important topic.

Using Kahoot! helped get people up and moving, captivate their attention, and set an energetic mood in the room.

Josh Caldwell, Code.org’s K-12 curriculum lead and a CS Discoveries facilitator

“We found that using Kahoot! as a starting point helped get people up and moving, captivate their attention, and set an energetic mood in the room. In fact, many of the teachers already used Kahoot! as a tool to help with formative assessment!” said Josh Caldwell, Code.org’s K-12 curriculum lead and a CS Discoveries facilitator.

You can read more about the conferences in Code.org’s blog post.

Code.org national teacher conference Phoenix

National Teacher Conference in Phoenix

Get ready for the Hour of Code!

In its 6th year, the Hour of Code kicks off as part of Computer Science Education week and we couldn’t be happier to support spreading knowledge about computer science!

The global Hour of Code initiative is a movement started by Code.org, to help demystify computer science and prove that anyone can learn coding basics. During Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9), tens of millions of students of all ages, and all around the world, will set aside one hour to participate in introductory coding tutorials and activities.

Choose from our top picks to play, or duplicate and edit to fit your students’ needs! You can find the full collection of kahoots in the Hour of Code dedicated profile, or Code.org’s own collection.

Have fun playing!

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Falguni Bhuta December 3, 2018

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