I’m proud to announce the launch of Code Studio, Code.org’s new open-source learning platform designed to teach students the basics of computer science, starting as early as kindergarten.
The Code.org vision is to bring computer science to every student in every school and today marks our latest step towards that vision.
We believe passionately that every child who has an opportunity to discover the world around them through a smartphone should also be given the learning capabilities and tools to build their own app. Code Studio enables even our youngest students to learn to build a basic animation or app in elementary school, and then share it to a friend’s phone within minutes.
The Code Studio tutorials enable students to cover programming topics such as repeat loops, conditionals, and functions, as well as broader concepts such as how the internet works, or the role of digital citizenship in modern society. Code Studio expands on Code.org’s previous online tutorials which have already been used by over 30,000 classroom teachers and tens of millions of students. Any student can sign up for the beginner courses at http://studio.code.org.
Within Code Studio, we’ve developed Play Lab, where elementary students can create and send apps or animations directly to a cell phone, just by typing in the phone number. This is a first in education for kids, made possible through a collaboration with Twilio.
To help new teachers integrate the system into their classrooms, we are also launching free, one-day professional development workshops in more than 60 cities throughout the U.S., aiming to prepare 10,000 teachers to integrate Code Studio into their classrooms. Any elementary school teacher in the US can sign up for a local workshop at http://code.org/k5.
We can’t wait for students to start learning with the new Code Studio. Try it out!
- Hadi Partovi