Hour of Code Teacher Guide

Get your Hour of Code setup in 5 minutes!
  • 32 tutorials for grades K - 12
  • Progress tracking
  • Student metrics & certificates
  • Lesson guides & answers keys
  • Marketing materials



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Add all your students to a class. Students will be able to access the Hour of Code activities from their dashboard.

Existing Teachers - no prep needed

You're all set! The Hour of Code activities will automatically show up in your students' dashboards during the event. Encourage your students to log in to their accounts during the Hour of Code week to participate. Please spread the word to your fellow teachers.

What Students Do

  • Solve game-based coding puzzles to learn the basics
  • Follow step-by-step tutorials to create drawing, music, animation, storytelling, physics, and arcade game projects
  • Save and publish their creations
  • Download the free Tynker App to create and run projects on tablets

What Students Learn

Students use critical thinking and problem solving skills to complete puzzles while learning programming concepts such as sequencing, repetition, and conditional logic. As they create games, stories, and art with code, they learn how to apply these concepts. Students build projects that they’re proud to share with their family and friends. With Tynker, children learn that programming is neither difficult nor boring—it’s a powerful tool that they can use to bring their imagination to life!

Tips for Success

  • Pick a sequence of activities based on interests, grade-level and experience
  • Encourage students to create - Make a portfolio of games, art, music, comics greetings and more
  • Explore other students' creations and discover what they can do
  • Don't stop! Continue solving puzzles and making apps from home

Fun Ideas for an Exciting Event

  • Plan a Family Hour of Code Showcase! Invite parents, community leaders and school administrators to see the great work you and the students are doing.
  • Reach out to the media and turn your Hour of Code into a community success story! Use our press template.
  • Post printouts of kids’ custom characters on a bulletin board
  • Have a classroom challenge! Showcase the best creations
  • For experienced students – pick a theme and ask students to create lessons for each other using Tutorial Designer

What Kids are Saying