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WI Coding and Computer Science

Hadi Partovi (CEO of and his daughter discuss computer science, coding, and the importance of Wisconsin being on the leading edge of building programs to support them.

Computer Science teaches students foundational 21st-century knowledge like how to analyze data, how to program an app, and how the internet can be harnessed for business. Wisconsin students now benefit from academic standards in computer science and information and technology literacy that help them understand fundamental concepts to further their skills in today’s technological world. 
Embeded in both the new ITL and Computer Science standards are the concepts of computational thinking and coding.  These are the trending skills and literacies that students need for careers today and for those that do not yet exist.  It is crucial we understand how these concepts can integrate into schools across all content areas.  

Wisconsin Hour of Code: Annual event 2nd-3rd week of May

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is sponsoring a new event, the Wisconsin Hour of Code, to keep coding and computer science alive year round. We are also happy to announce that our Public Library team is launching a program this fall with public libraries to offer coding resources and events for local students and learners of all ages. During this two weeks in May, we encourage educators to do the following activities:

  • revisit the Hour of Code activities for great resources, videos, and stories.
  • design one activity for students to use coding resources, interactive tools, and self-guided tutorials.
  • review activities for student summer programming and extension learning activities.
  • curate resources to integrate into summer lesson curriculum and design activities for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • learn about great statewide professional learning opportunities and networks as collaborative leadership, strategic partnerships and regional support systems focus on equitable learning opportunities. 

Register your events here

Tweet your activities, resources and professional learning activities to #wihourofcode

Hour of Code site offers year-round participation Professional Learning Training Support
(free to CESAs and Districts)

Workshops for our CS Fundamentals curriculum for all grade levels with educator access to standard alignment charts for activities, student self-assessments and more. If a school/district is interested in having 10+ teachers trained, they can contact:

Dennis Brylow
Milwaukee, WI

Amanda Werner
Janesville, WI

Teri Sue Hitchcock
Apple Valley, MN

Angie Kalthoff
Richmond, MN

Inspiring the Next Generation of Learners with Coding
















Additional Resources: Hour of Code resources: standard aligned resources, teacher dashboard, grade level specific learning activities. The site continues to offer more resources and professional learning activities. vetted list of high-quality 3rd party resources Video Library

Elementary in Engineering

Google Learn Computer Science

Project Lead the Way-Computer Science

Graphite: Best Coding Tools for Elementary

Graphite: Best Coding Tools for Middle School

Professional Learning Events and Networks

Wisconsin Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) : free professional organization membership and calendar of events. WiCSTA is part of the national CSTA group who has a great website full of resources, social media engagement activities and other professional learning

WISELearn G+ Coding, Gaming and Playful Leaning PLC

Hour of Code Communities of Practice

International Scratch Day 

Wisconsin Hour of Code Partners

Contact if you are interested in being a DPI partner to support coding/computer science programming and professional learning. logo

Wisconsin Educators and Employers Thinking Big

Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association

Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders

For questions about this information, contact Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054, Chad Kliefoth (608) 267-9289