Monday, December 08, 2014

"Hour of Code" in Computer Science Education Week (update)

Last update: Friday 12/12/14 @8:10 pm
This week, from Monday 12/8/14 to Saturday 12/14/14, is Computer Science Education Week, an initiative that was organized by Code.org
"Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra." ... from Code.org's Website
As was true for the first CSED Week last year, this year's observance was inaugurated by President Obama

The primary activity that Code.org promotes during CSED Week is an "Hour of Code" wherein students (and others) commit to participate at some point during the week in one hour tutorials that are designed to demystify the coding process and show that anybody can learn the basics. (Note: The "Hour of Code" has become a global phenomenon.)

Code.org has organized an impressive coalition of supporters for CSED Week and the Hour of Code who provide introductory tutorials in addition to the materials found on Code.org's own Website. This coalition includes, among many others: MicrosoftCode AcademyApple, and Khan AcademyReaders should also note the beginner's tools identified by @Mashable

Computer Science Ed Week ... Hour of Code ++++++++++

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