• Paul Fingleton

"Hour of Code" Week, Microsoft kicks things off at Cabinteely Community School

Microsoft to Host Code Tutorials via Skype on Wednesday at 9:30am and Thursday at 10am

Schools across the Country Urged to Get Involved in Hour of Code - Register now at www.microsoft.ie/code

Hour of Code 2015

Back in the day, studying a language in School meant French, German or Spanish. However, with the increasing amount of use of Computers in every area of work and home life, 'Coding' or Programming Languages may become just as important.

To date, more than 100 million students across 180 countries and 40 languages have participated in the Hour of Code. This year, the campaign expects to exceed 100,000 events during Dec. 7−13 and to continue introducing more girls and underrepresented students of color to this foundational 21st century field.

Microsoft Ireland today held its first Hour of Code event at Cabinteely Community School. The Hour of Code is a campaign to broaden global participation in computer science, and is running all this week. Microsoft is inviting every school in Ireland to join children throughout the country for a ‘Minecraft’ coding tutorial this week.

The company is hosting two live Skype tutorials on Wednesday at 9:30am and Thursday at 10am to make it easy for schools to get involved. Registration for the tutorials is taking place at www.microsoft.ie/code. In addition to assisting schools through Skype, Microsoft employees will be visiting schools to deliver an Hour of Code in person.

Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director at Microsoft Ireland (pictured), said: “We’re delighted with the response we’ve received from schools across Ireland looking to benefit from Hour of Code. It’s not too late to get involved – full details of the resources Microsoft is making available are available at www.microsoft.ie/code. We are particularly urging schools to make full use of the Skype tutorials we are offering on Wednesday at 9:30am and Thursday at 10am. In addition, our team will be visiting schools around the country to deliver an Hour of Code in person and teachers are being supported in delivering the tutorial through our online hub.”

Here’s how to get involved in Hour of Code:

  1. Log on to www.microsoft.ie/code to learn the different ways you can get involved with the Hour of Code

  2. Register for a Skype in the Classroom Hour of Code live online tutorial.

  • Select the date and time that suits you:

  • Wednesday 9th December from 9:30am until 10:30am – click here

  • Thursday 10th December from 10:00am until 10:30am – click here

  1. Microsoft has tutorials available at www.microsoft.ie/code that can be delivered by teachers easily in schools

  2. Resources for schools with limited technology access can be found at www.code.org schools will find the tools to deliver the ‘Unplugged Computer Science’ tutorial available on the website

For further details about the activity Microsoft is running to support the Hour of Code log on to www.microsoft.ie/code. Remember to register your Hour of Code for Ireland at www.code.org and help showcase Ireland as a coding nation.