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Go Bananas for Coding During Computer Science Education Week

by | Nov 10, 2016 | Events, Press Releases

Building on the overwhelming response to its first-ever Code-a-Thon competition with over 250,000 students registered, Learning.com will continue its pledge to President Obama’s Computer Science for All (CSforAll) initiative by inviting elementary and middle schools across the country to Go Bananas for coding via free access to EasyTech and EasyCode Basic during Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek).

CSEdWeek, taking place from December 5-11, 2016, is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, CSEdWeek is a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

Schools who take advantage of the free trial during the celebration will have access to ready-to-go lesson plans, a quick start guide and in-depth video tutorials to prepare teachers for the coding curriculum. EasyCode is comprised of game-based coding challenges designed to help students learn to code in CoffeeScript, a powerful coding language that is the foundation for JavaScript, the programming language for HTML.

The Go Bananas movement extends Learning.com’s commitment to CSforAll, the President’s call-to-action for more computer science opportunities in all K-12 schools. CSforAll empowers K-12 students to learn computer science and develop the computational thinking skills necessary to spur the transition from consumer to creator in today’s digital economy.

“To give today’s students a competitive edge in the digital economy, it is more critical than ever that they build a solid foundation in computer science concepts,” said Keith Oelrich, CEO, Learning.com. “We are passionate about helping teachers introduce even their youngest students to computational thinking and coding, without needing any prior experience in teaching these skills.”

EasyCode offers elementary and middle school educators a fun, game-based and turnkey instructional solution that features story and skill challenges, game lessons, a game builder and progress monitoring so teachers can quickly and efficiently introduce coding skills to their students.

EasyTech is a complete digital literacy skills solution for elementary and middle school students and equips them with essential skills, including, keyboarding and word processing, online safety and digital citizenship, tech apps including presentations and spreadsheets and computational thinking.

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