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Learn to code? No: Learn a real language

The “learn to code” movement may be about to run afoul of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Few (least of all nerdy me) will argue that learning a computer language as a kid doesn’t have merit. Grasping some of the basics of computer science by picking up a programming language is a great way to… Read More

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In one month, 500K students sign up for Code.org’s computer science 101 course

Code.org is on a mission to get more kids learning about computer science, and so far, the Seattle-based non-profit seems to be making legitimate progress. Hadi Partovi, a longtime Seattle entrepreneur who founded Code.org this past January with his brother, Ali, wrote up a 2013 recap today that outlined the organization’s accomplishments thus far. One particular stat was… Read More

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Code.org founder on the real reason there aren’t more women in tech

Why aren’t there more women working in technology? That’s likely one of the most highly-debated questions in today’s tech world, and the discussions heated up again last week after Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham was interviewed — and later we found out, misquoted — by The Information. Now Hadi Partovi, longtime entrepreneur and co-founder of Seattle-based non-profit Code.org,… Read More

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New Year’s Tech Resolution #3: Learn to code

If there has been one rallying cry for the tech establishment this year, it’s that everyone who can should learn to code. While part of the argument for building code literacy has to do with getting more people ready for coding jobs, I’ve found that just having a baseline understanding of how technology works, under… Read More

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Computer science exposure: ‘Hour of Code’ campaign reaches 10 million students

So far, the “Hour of Code” movement seems to be working — at least from an exposure standpoint. The campaign, part of Computer Science Education Week and created by Seattle-based Code.org, announced today that more than 10 million students in 170 countries have tried their hand at an Hour of Code lessons this week, writing more than… Read More

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Code.org video featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other coding geeks goes viral

Code.org, the non-profit created by entrepreneurs Ali and Hadi Partovi, has struck a nerve with its video about the importance of computer science education. The video, which was released earlier this week, has already been viewed more than five million times. (across various platforms). Of course, it didn’t hurt that the video — directed by Lesley… Read More

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Marc Andreessen, Jack Dorsey, Ron Conway and others join Code.org to boost computer science education in the U.S.

Seattle entrepreneur Hadi Partovi is on a mission to transform computer science education in the U.S. And Partovi is off to a pretty fast start with Code.org, the nonprofit which he formed last month with his twin brother Ali. Among members of Code.org’s newly-formed advisory board are some of the biggest names in technology, including venture… Read More