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We’ve all heard a lot about the Hour of Code over the past couple of years. Until recently, I didn’t know much about it – what I had heard was that it was an effort to get students, or anyone really, to spend one hour learning the basics of programming. But how are they learning it? Who is teaching them? And at the end of the hour, what do they know that they didn’t know before?

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September 03, 2015
Mike Ritchie

Can Scratch & Hour of Code Help Your Kid Learn Programming?

Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding

Coding for kids. Is it a fad, a trend or a movement? Whether or not it's here to stay (codeSpark thinks it is), it has definitely arrived. Code.org has led the charge, giving millions of people a chance to learn programming with the Hour of Code, and even getting President Obama to ask America to learn computer science and personally participate in an Hour of Code. But what does coding for kids actually mean?

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August 18, 2015
Mike Ritchie

Is Coding Child's Play?

Kids & Coding

For most people, the most accessible route to a computer science education will be, well, the education system. Sadly, as education funding has continued to dry up, so has curriculum creativity and extracurricular activity.  So what can you do to get your child up to speed in coding while we wait for schools to catch up?

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