Hour of Code focus of special event December 9 at College of Education

Pre-service University of Northern Iowa teacher education students and faculty -- and anyone else interested -- can get hands-on in computer coding on Monday, December 9, when the Instructional Technology Division of the UNI College of Education hosts an “Hour of Code” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Schindler Education Center lobby, second floor. 

The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Started as an effort to demystify coding and computer science, this grassroots effort is now supported by more than 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. It also serves as a kick-off to Computer Science Education Week. 

This past July, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds noted: “Teaching computer science and other STEM-related courses is an essential component to any child’s education.” 

“As a college of education, it’s important that we prepare our future teachers for curricular changes which include greater emphasis and exposure to computer science,” said Magda Galloway, instructional technology instructor who is coordinating this event with educational technology students who are volunteering to provide the one-hour tutorials. 

Pizza, refreshments and certificates await all participants. For more information, contact Magda Galloway, magdalena.galloway@uni.edu