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Code.org to help 2 million students learn to program

G3zN03tU_400x400Apparently Code.org’s successful “Hour of Code” event in December was just a warm-up act.

The Seattle-based nonprofit on Thursday is announcing the rollout of its computer-science education programs at 30 school districts around the country. Altogether they’ll reach more than 2 million students – nearly 5  percent of all K-12 students in the country — starting this fall.

Code.org will provide curriculum and professional development and mentor teachers. Participating districts will teach Code.org’s free courses in elementary, middle and high schools.

To help prepare teachers, Code.org hired about 20 contract workers who will travel to districts and provide workshops during the summer. It also has 23 full-time employees in Seattle.

The initial effort will cost about $1 million, which is being funded in part by donations from a who’s who of the tech industry and companies such as Microsoft, Google and LinkedIn.

The rollout is partly a test of Code.org’s approach. Computer science has been taught on a smaller scale in various schools, but Code.org is trying to develop a system that can be scaled up to serve the entire country in a cost-effective way.

Click here to read more from this April 23, 2014 Seattle Times article by Brier Dudley.

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