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Code.org expands reach to 30 U.S. school districts

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Code.org, a resource for teaching kids how to program, has expanded its reach with the aim of teaching more children how to code.

The Seattle-based organization has announced partnerships with 30 school districts across the United States. This allows teachers in participating schools to access Code.org's free computer science courses suitable for elementary, middle-school and high school starting this fall.

We may be keen to teach the next generation skills that will benefit them in a technology-heavy workplace, but we can't forget that teachers may need additional help to train students effectively. Through the partnership, Code.org will supply teacher training and support, as well as lesson plans and mentorship services.

"We are delighted to bring computer science to our classrooms through our partnership with Code.org," Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said in a statement. "This is a transformative moment for public education, where we must develop the ability of our students to learn new things and apply their understanding to solve real world problems. Computer science brings all of this together for us."

Code.org offers free online learning courses to students worldwide. The organization's "Hour of Code" initiative earlier this year encouraged students to spend one hour learning how to code -- and over 10 million signed up.

Read on: Code.org | Geekwire

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— By on April 24, 2014, 3:48 AM PST

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure