November 2019

Getting Ready for December’s Hour of Code

This December the Hour of Code will celebrate its seventh year. Started in 2013 by Hadi Partovi of, the Hour of Code was launched during Computer Science Education Week as a fun one-hour coding challenge to give students an introduction to computer science. By the end of 2013, 20 million learners had taken part in the Hour of Code Challenge and the week-long event had become an educational movement, totaling over 720 million participants by the end of 2018.

The Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. This year, the Hour of Code will happen December 9-15, 2019. Be a part of the movement by organizing an Hour of Code event December 9-15 in your classroom or community. Register your event with the Hour of Code, then check out this resource on “How to teach one Hour of Code with your class”.

In honor of the event, we've also created a new resource to help you introduce your learners to coding and computer science. Check out IDEA’s Coding Kitchen and try out some new coding recipes. There you will find tasks to create innovative learning experiences that focus on coding. Select a main ingredient from our pantry. Each ingredient is linked to a guide, activity or task. Try one or try them all! Bon Appetit!

Upcoming Events

Be sure to check out our full list of Upcoming Events at

IDEA & Class Intercom Webinar | Beyond the Algorithm: How your school’s social media tells a story.

November 6, 2019

Shedd Aquarium Science Educator Conference

November 9, 2019

ISTE Certification for Educators - Springfield, IL

November 12-13, 2019

IDEA & News Literacy Project Webinar | Teaching Digital Verification to Spark News Literacy Learning

November 13, 2019

Western Suburbs Chapter: Tweeting up the 4Cs!

November 18, 2019

Google on Tour

November 18, 2019

HB3606 and eLearning Workshop

November 20, 2019

IDEA Two Rivers Chapter | Google Tips and Tricks (Payson)

November 20, 2019

IDEA & Sphero Webinar | Got STEAM? Learn about Sphero's Computer Science Foundations Curriculum

November 20, 2019

IDEA Wabash Valley Chapter | Wabash Valley Online Meetup

November 21, 2019

IDEA & Class Intercom Webinar | Simple Design for your School’s Social Media

December 4, 2019

IDEA Two Rivers Chapter | Getting Started with CS First

December 5, 2019

Computer Science Education Week | Hour of Code

December 9-15, 2019

Nominate Deserving Educators!

We have just opened nominations for IDEA's Educator of the Year and ISTE's Making IT Happen Awards. Both awards will be presented at our annual conference, IDEAcon, February 24-27, 2020. Nominate a deserving educator today.

IDEA Educator of the Year

The IDEA Educator of the Year program honors current IDEA members who have made outstanding contributions integrating technology in education. The award is specifically designed to recognize IDEA educators at all experience levels—from the beginner to the advanced user. There are two categories:

  • IDEA Educator of the Year Award - K-12 Classroom teachers
  • IDEA Outstanding Technology Using Educator Award - Media Specialists, technology coordinators and coaches, school administrators, and college and university faculty

Please nominate a colleague who is deserving of this award. Nominee must be a member of IDEA in good standing. The nomination window, including submission of your narrative and any supporting materials must be received no later than 5:30 PM on Monday, December 9th.

ISTE Making IT Happen

IDEA members are eligible to receive the prestigious Making IT Happen awards which ISTE announces each year. Deserving members are nominated and approved by the members of the IDEA Executive Board, and the names are then submitted to ISTE for consideration.

ISTE describes the award as follows:

Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Please nominate a colleague who is deserving of this award. Nominee must be a member of IDEA in good standing. Nominees will NOT submit information about themselves. The nomination window, including submission of your narrative and any supporting materials must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, December 6th.

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