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Decorate image showing that displays someone working through code.UPDATE: Introduction to Hour of Code will now close at 10:00 P.M. M.S.T. on January 2. The extension in the deadline is meant to give participants additional time to work through the content. Please note that responses to Discussions may not be as prompt between December 22 and January 2. 


The Content Services team is excited to announce a new class, Introduction to Hour of Code, a free course designed to enable teachers to teach code in the classroom in preparation for Hour of Code. The course is the result of a collaboration collaboration between Canvas by Instructure, Vocareum, and the Ira A. Fulton Schools at Arizona State University. You can start the course as early as November 26th, 2018 by going to the Canvas Network, or by following the Introduction to Hour of Code link above. 


Like other Canvas Network offerings, Introduction to Hour of Code is self-paced. The course will help computer science teachers at all levels add a coding component to their classroom. The course is designed to instill confidence using Python alongside a computer science classroom's pedagogy. Course participants will not need experience in Python or additional equipment to enroll. The overall goal of Introduction to Hour of Code is to provide guidelines and best practices for facilitating an Hour of Code in the classroom.


"We want to empower teachers with the resources they need to provide an introduction to coding in their classrooms," said Tara Gunther, Vice President of Partners at Instructure. "Our hope is that teachers who take this free course will feel more at ease when introducing coding to their students, and will participate in one of the many activities offered by the Hour of Code organization during the 2018 Computer Science Education Week, December 3-9."


With Vocareum closely integrated with Canvas, teachers will have access to virtual computer science labs to support coursework in data science, programming, robotics, and more--all without ever having to leave their Canvas environment. Vocareum's mission is to close the global digital skills gap through cloud-based learning labs and performance-based assessments. The content for the course has been provided by Phillip Miller and Dr. Ryan Meuth, Lecturers in the Fulton Schools. The Content Services team at Instructure adapted the course to make it available in the Canvas Network. 


The course will be available starting November 26th, 2018. Teachers who complete the course with a grade of 70% or higher will be eligible for an 8-hour Professional Development Certificate issued by Arizona State University.