Few international movements in education have had quite the immediate success as Code.org and its “Hour of Code” campaign.
The non-profit campaign – dedicated to expanding participation in computer science – provides free resources, advocates for policy change and coordinates public awareness. In its first year, Code.org had its viral video hit #1 on Youtube, reached 142m students in 170 countries, 1 in 3 US students did Hour. It created a computer science curriculum, currently in use in 37,000 US classrooms & programs in 31 US districts. 14 states also changed policy to support computer science. That’s real change. Teachers across the UK are currently using its free tutorials and resources, over 3.5 million people have done the Hour of Code in the UK and Ireland’s head of state Taoiseach Enda Kenny became the first head of state to participate in the Hour of Code.
This year, Code.org is targeting girls for its message that “anyone can learn to code” as it has partnered with Disney’s Frozen to create a series of new tutorials to join its rich collection of great resources. As the Hour of Code kicks off on December 8th, this couldn’t come at a better time, as the heads of tech giants (including Microsoft, Facebook and many others) recently wrote the EU Ministers of Education, stressing the importance of teaching students coding and launching a new initiative with Code.org to provide coding resources for schools and teachers. Read more »