Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Support Code.org's 1 Hour of Code initiative!

The 2013 CSTA teacher's conference concluded with an an exciting announcement from Code.org founder Hadi Partovi...

December 8-15 is Computer Science Education Week and Code.org is pushing for 100,000 educators and volunteers to bring 1 Hour of Code to 10,000,000 students during that week. The campaign has a stellar list of backers including Amazon.com, Google, Microsoft and Apple, plus Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg.

The Hour of Code initiative aims to demystify "code", and show as many beginners as possible that anyone can learn the basics. Code.org will provide a set of self-guided one-hour tutorials that teachers without Computer Science backgrounds can use in their classes.

Code.org is offering fantastic prizes for schools that participate! 50 schools – one in every US state – will win a classroom of computers. The first 100,000 educators to host an Hour of Code get 10 gigabytes of free Dropbox storage. PLUS 50 schools get a group video conference with Bill Gates, Square’s Jack Dorsey or Google’s Susan Wojcicki.

Why teach Computer Science?

First, there are lots of amazing jobs in the tech industry. Second, learning Computer Science gives you valuable super powers that will benefit virtually any career!

What is Code Avengers doing?

Code Avengers provides fun and effective online tutorials that teach you how to code apps, games and websites. Our courses are carefully designed by expert educators to be perfect for beginners of all ages.

To show our support for CSEdWeek, we are developing two exciting NEW one-hour tutorials that introduce graphics, game and app development; so stay tuned! And if you haven't already, try our existing JavaScript and HTML/CSS courses at CodeAvengers.com.

What can YOU do?

Register your support for this initiative, and find out more about what you can do to get involved at http://csedweek.org/participate.

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