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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The coding movement: Resources for computer science education

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Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor writes, "In today’s news, in the middle of a push for STEM is a growing movement to expose children to computer science education and skills, also known as computer programming or coding".

According to statistics, computer science is the highest-paid college degree, and jobs in computer programming are growing at two times the national average–but despite that, fewer than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.

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Computer science education and coding advocates point to a number of websites, resources, mobile apps, and more to help teachers and students learn more about coding:

  • Codecademy is a free site that teachers users how to code in various programming languages, including JavaScript and Python, through a serious of courses grouped under each topic or language.
  • After-School Programming is an offshoot of Codecademy.
  • CodeHS offers instructional materials and tutors to help people learn about computer science.
  • Google offers computer science and coding competitions and summer programs.
  • Scratch, developed at MIT, is a free program designed to help children learn coding by programming their own stories, games, and animations.
  • Hopscotch is an iPad app “inspired by” Scratch.

Source: eSchool News and CodeOrg's Channel (YouTube).

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