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"Hour of Code" event letter

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
November 12, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals:


As part of Computer Science Education Week (December 9–15), students may participate in the Hour of Code, a self-guided activity allowing them to try out the basics of computer science. has launched the Hour of Code to encourage interest in the computer science field and to show all students that anyone can learn the basics of coding.

The Computer Science Education Week Web site at offers a variety of hour-long tutorials available for all students, starting with kindergarten. Students can learn basic programming concepts on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students also can participate in “unplugged” lessons requiring no device to complete.

I noted the importance of computer science education when I participated in’s kickoff for the Hour of Code in San Francisco on October 14. The Hour of Code’s activities are also consistent with the findings of my Education Technology Task Force and my focus on helping our students learn twenty-first century skills, including critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration.

Teachers can sign up to participate in the Hour of Code, or learn more information about the event, by visiting the Computer Science Education Week Web site at A participation kit for schools is available at

If you have any questions about this topic, please contact Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, by e-mail at or by phone at 916-319-0554 [Note: Prior contact no longer available. For further information, please contact the CDE Executive Office by phone at 916-319-0800].


Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Last Reviewed: Friday, August 21, 2015

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