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September 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Code.org adds free app builder for kids, teacher training

Seattle-based Code.org is expanding way beyond online programming tutorials for students.

The nonprofit announced today a computer-science education platform called Code Studio. It includes an online learning tool that elementary students can use to create apps and send simple apps to phones.

Also announced are in-person, professional development workshops for teachers wanting to use Code Studio in their classrooms. Code.org taught 700 teachers this summer and hopes to reach 10,000 more this year, according to Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, a former Microsoft manager turned startup investor. Workshops are planned in more than 60 cities.

Code Studio also includes computer-science curriculum that’s being used in thousands of classrooms and the “Hour of Code” tutorial that last year introduced more than 10 million students to computer science.

All the offerings are free and supported by donations that Code.org has received from leading tech companies and industry leaders.

 

Comments | Topics: code.org, Education, Philanthropy

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