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Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9th-15th) is fast approaching! CodeHS is excited to be hosting a Teaching and Learning Hackathon at Facebook Headquarters next Saturday, December 14th from 11am-3pm to celebrate.
We invite students, teachers, administrators, parents, and friends in the Bay Area to join us and spend a couple of hours learning to code. For those of you who can’t make it, be sure to take part in the Hour of Code with CodeHS by signing up here: http://codehs.com/hourofcode/.
We look forward to see you next weekend!
Happy Thanksgiving week from Karel and the CodeHS team! Make sure to continue your Karel programming this week—and you’ll notice that Karel is decked out with a pilgrim hat. Check back on future holidays and special events and you’ll see different fun pictures for Karel.
… It’s the perfect way to get your students excited about programming and any teacher (english, biology, math, you name it!) can do it. The Hour of Code is free and the prep work is minimal.
What is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a national campaign aiming to introduce 10,000,000 students to computer science by having them spend just one hour working through an introductory CS tutorial during Computer Science Education week (December 9th-15th). CodeHS has designed a fun and easy-to-use hour long tutorial for the Hour of Code that any teacher at your school can use in his/her class during the week of December 9-15th.
What can you do? Participate in the Hour of Code and ask other teachers at your school to participate, too! Again, any teacher can do it - the idea is simply to take an hour of class time to expose students to a new, exciting, and important field of study that they might not otherwise get a chance to try out.
Sign up! You can sign up for the hour of code with CodeHS for free here: http://code.org/api/hour/begin/codehs. Look over the Hour of Code Companion Packet for all the information you need about how to run an awesome Hour of Code!
If you have any questions - shoot us an email at email@example.com
To help celebrate CS Ed Week (December 9-15th), there will be an Hour of Code — a chance for students of all ages all around the world who have never tried programming to try it out in a fun and accessible way. Take one hour to try to learn what programming and computer science is all about.
We’ve prepared a great one-hour tutorial to help get you started. You can find this here — you’ll be able to start this as a student, or if you are a teacher you can prepare for the Hour of Code using all of our resources. There are a few nice things about doing the Hour of Code with CodeHS if you are a teacher— you can group all the students in to a class with a simple code to see their progress, and for those who finish early, there is an easy way to continue. We have lots of resources for how to best run this in a classroom as well.
If you’d like to use CodeHS for the Hour of Code and have any questions, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
ACM is (according to its website) ”the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.” The ACM Education Council is part of the education side of ACM, and is made up of many distinguished academics involved in computer science education.
One part of the event was a panel on different approaches in teaching beginners to code, organized by Dan Garcia from Berkeley. CodeHS was invited to be on the panel along with representatives from Khan Academy, Google’s Blockly, and Tynker.
It was a thoughtful and engaging panel, and it was good to see many of the different approaches being taken in teaching beginners how to program.
Thanks to Dan for organizing it, and to Pamela (Khan Academy), Neil (Blockly), and Krishna (Tynker) for also being on the panel.
We’ve updated and redesigned the editor page for CodeHS to make it easier to learn.
Here are a few highlights:
We’ve changed the editor
We were using CodeMirror before but we switched to Ace. So far we’re happy about that.
We’ve moved to a 3-column layout.
There was a lot of wasted space on the screen, and now there is a three column, resizable layout. On the left side is a sidebar with general helpful information about the problem (helpful documentation, the goal of the problem, the requirements, and the program status). In the center is the code editor, and on the right is the running program.
Easier access to the info you need.
When you are solving a problem you want to know what the problem is, and what the world should end up like. You want to be able to see the relevant docs. The left sidebar makes it easier to do that at all times.
Customize your editor.
Now you can change the font size, and change the editor theme. Hit the gear in the editor toolbar.
Let us know what you think or if you have any feedback!
CodeHS is an online platform for learning introductory computer science — a topic that is so present in our technologically driven world, but absent from most schools. In the next decade, there will be 1,000,000 jobs in computer science in the US that will go unfilled, and computer science is the highest paid college degree, but 9 out of 10 schools don’t have computer science classes. CodeHS solves this problem. By offering a “class in a box,” CodeHS provides everything that any high school in the country needs to start teaching its very own introductory computer science course, even if the school does not have a teacher with computer science background. After just one year, CodeHS already has over 40,000 students and is being used in hundreds of schools in the United States and around the world.
The Innovation Challenge is a competition between three early stage education technology startups. Over the course of several days, the entrepreneurs took part in a series of challenges, culminating in a final pitch in front of a panel of judges and Education Nation attendees. In order to win, CodeHS had to prove to all of its stakeholders—educators, students, investors, thought-leaders—that our product actually works in schools, for teachers and for students.
During one of the Innovation challenges—a student workshop at Mott Hall V school in the Bronx—one student said about CodeHS, “I like it because I get to use my brain!”. Another student messaged the CodeHS team a few days later saying, “It’s awesome!!!! I have already coded my laptop! I love code.” With an emphasis on community support, CodeHS believes that the key to successful education technology is understanding people. With this in mind, CodeHS plans to use the $75,000 prize to expand its content and build out the teacher resources and professional development materials.
CodeHS was founded by Jeremy Keeshin and Zach Galant, who helped teach intro to computer science at Stanford for three years before starting CodeHS.
Sign up for free and learn more about CodeHS here: www.CodeHS.com
For further information please email email@example.com
Today’s challenge in the Education Nation Innovation Challenge was a scavenger hunt/treasure hunt around the Times Square area of New York City. Each clue was a question that led you to specific spot in the city, and you had to discover something to find the answer.
It was intense, but CodeHS ended up winning!
Two weeks ago CodeHS was invited to take part in NBC’s Education Nation - a national conversation about the future of education in the US - which we are so excited about attending this week in New York. As part of Education Nation, CodeHS is one of three companies participating in a competition to promote education innovation across the country. We got our first challenge a couple of days ago and we need some help from you! We have 3 days left to raise money through DonorsChoose, an incredible website that makes it easy to donate directly to classroom projects in low-income schools.
Help a classroom in Texas right now!
Right now, we’re focusing our efforts on helping a classroom in Texas, where the teacher - Mr. Kessler - is trying to raise money to purchase two chromebooks for his students. Integrating technology into the classroom is so important and Mr. Kessler says, “the laptops will serve as a strong complement to the classroom learning. Students will use the devices to research ideas but also to collect evidence of their learning within the classroom.”
You can donate to help this class right here. Whether you can give $5, $10, $50, or more — every little bit counts. You can also help by sharing this post with your family, friends, and colleagues! Doing so will not only help the underprivileged kids at Leander Middle School in Texas, it will help CodeHS in our NBC Innovation Challenge.
Other Project’s CodeHS (and You!) Helped Fund
Over the past few days, we’ve helped raise over $1,400 for four different projects on DonorsChose that will reach more than 800 students across the country! All of these projects help classrooms in low-income schools expand and integrate access to technology in their classrooms - something that we strongly support at CodeHS.
The first project we helped fund was at a school in East Palo Alto — a town on the other side of the freeway from the heart of Silicon Valley. As difficult as it is to believe, these kids don’t have computer or internet access. Their teacher — Ms. Bookman — was trying to raise money to get 2 computers in their classroom.
Another teacher in Texas was raising money to buy headphones for her classroom. Having this sort of basic tech equipment would allow the kids in Ms. Roy’s class to utilize self-paced, online learning tools while at school. It’s amazing to think that such a simple thing, like buying headphones, can transform the learning opportunities for an entire classroom. Ms. Roy’s project has now been fully funded.
Click here to check out the other projects that CodeHS is promoting.
We want to thank everyone who has been a part of this amazing effort so far. These classrooms have been transformed because of your generosity. Keep up the amazing work and we’ll see you in NYC tomorrow!
We are so excited that we’ve been invited to compete as one of three teams in NBC’s Education Nation Innovation Challenge this week in New York! Here’s a little about Education Nation and about what we’re going to be doing in New York…
As part of Education Nation, NBC hosts an “Innovation Challenge” - a sort of education reality television competition between three early-stage entrepreneurial companies in the education space. We are so excited that CodeHS has been chosen to be one of the three teams to take part in the Innovation Challenge this year.
We’ll be traveling to New York to partake in a series of challenges against two other young education companies to test the strength of our venture. The Innovation Challenge will give us a chance to talk about why learning to program is so important and to show that students love to learn using CodeHS and educators are excited about using it. By talking to thought leaders, educators, and students about CodeHS, we’ll be put to the test to show what a valuable and transformational tool CodeHS is for both students and teachers!
Check out this video to learn more about the Innovation Challenge.
Every year NBC hosts “Education Nation”, a week long national dialogue between educators, policy-makers, thought-leaders, parents, students, and the public about the future of the education system in the United States. Throughout the week, NBC broadcasts conversations between these various stakeholders about the problems and challenges facing education in the US, as well as potential solutions. The aim of Education Nation is to facilitate a thoughtful, educational, and collaborative dialogue through which, together, we can come up with short- and long-term goals for improving education in the US. At CodeHS, we are excited to contribute our vision about how ed technology can help improve the education system by expanding access to high quality Computer Science content to students across the country.
Check out this video introducing this years Education Nation Summit.
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