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iPads for Alaskan Libraries: Hour of Code

A resource and training guide for Alaskan libraries with iPads.

Hour of Code - FAQ

Here are a few FAQs from the Hour of Code Web Site:

When is the Hour of Code?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can't do it during that week, do it the week before or after).

Why computer science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on

Who is behind the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is organized by, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. An unprecedented coalition of partners have come together to support the Hour of Code, too — including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board.

Do I need computers for every participant?

No. We have Hour of Code tutorials that work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have.

Here are a few options:

  • Work in pairs. Research shows students learn best with pair programming, sharing a computer and working together. Encourage your students to double up.
  • Use a projected screen. If you have a projector and screen for a Web-connected computer, your entire group can do an Hour of Code together. Watch video portions together and take turns solving puzzles or answering questions.
  • Go unplugged. We offer tutorials that require no computer at all.

Hour of Code - What is It?

The Hour of Code is a movement to provide some computer programming instruction to all. Schools and some libraries have taken to holding events that have an “Hour of Code” the second week of December. 

iPad Apps for Coding

There are a number of apps for kids and others to get them started in computer programming. Here are a few we've looked at. If you're an Alaskan library and like an iPad app not on this list, let us know about it!

Descriptions for Kodable and Lighbot were created by Claudia Haines, Home Public Library

Desktop Resources for Coding

While the apps discussed here can definitely help your patrons of all ages the basics of coding/computer programming, at some point your learners may find it helpful to move to a laptop or desktop for the coding eduction needs. 

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Daniel Cornwall