|Google Offers Cash Incentives to US Public Schools|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Monday, 01 December 2014|
The incentive for the introductory coding class is $100 per student and an additional $1000 per teacher who supports 10 or more students "from groups traditionally underrepresented in computer science" that is girls, or boys who identify as African American, Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native.
Although the funding comes from Google it will reach schools via DonorsChoose, an organisation that has provided financial support for US Public Schools since 2000 and will enable recipients to covert gift codes into resources for their classrooms. Teachers can request technology resources like tablets and 3D printers or funding for field trips such as a college visit.
This is just of of many Google initiatives to support computer science education in general and to to redress the imbalance - currently heavily weighted in favor of white males - in the technological workforce.
As with other Codecademy courses you work in a three-panel environment. There are clear step-by-step instructions on the left of the screen, the "live" code which you edit in the middle, and the right of the screen shows the result of running the code and feedback. For this course no prior experience is needed, it starts off very gently and gradually builds both coding skills and confidence in the student's ability to code.
If you don't qualify for this incentive, for example not in US or teaching in a private school, and are looking for introductory coding materials for CSED week Codecademy's introductory Python course is another that might be suitable.
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|Last Updated ( Monday, 01 December 2014 )|