Code.org has announced eleven new partnerships to help educators select the best material for their students and which will also help qualify educators to teach computer science through professional development workshops and courses.
The new partners of Code.org include: Bootstrap, Codecademy, CodeHS, Amplify Education, Beauty and Joy of Computing, Project Lead the Way, Technology Education and Literacy in Schools, Globaloria, the National Math and Science Initiative, Tynker and ScratchEd.
With these partnerships, Code.org will bring computer science education to more schools and will encourage more female students and unrepresented minority students to choose a career in Computer Science. Already, over 70 of the biggest school districts in the country collaborate with Code.org to offer computer science classes.
These districts receive professional development training and instruction on how to integrate computer science classes into their existing curricula, Taylor Soper of GeekWire.com notes.
Hadi Partovi, Code.org co-founder told Geek Wire:
“Code.org’s courses already reach millions of students globally in grades K-8,” he said. “But as we expand in high school, we work region by region, and we can’t do it all. We’re leading a movement and we need partners to help.”
School districts and educators can now choose among the eleven new partners of Code.Org or the nonprofit’s own materials.
The partners offer educator resources for elementary, middle and high school students. Code Studio offers four no-cost courses that blend online tutorials and unplugged activities for elementary school students and also provides one-day weekend workshops for educator development.
Globaloria, another new Code.org partner, offers six courses on game design and a three-day training and ongoing online professional development for educators.
Among the schools choosing Code.org to integrate computer science education into their schools is Forsyth County Schools, who hope to increase participation in computer science by female students and minority ethnic groups by rolling out Code.Org’s free curriculum and teacher development courses next year. The partnership will allow all five public schools in the county to teach computer science, ForsythNews.com reports.
Previously, Code.Org partnered with College Board in order to urge high schools in 35 of the country’s biggest districts to offer Code.Org’s Computer Science education.
The Computer Science classes and funding offered through College Board are available to schools that pledge to use the PSAT standardized tests which help identify students with an inclination toward a computer science career.
Nintendo of America has also recently announced a partnership with Humble Dumble for raising money for Code.org. To this end, Nintendo launched the Humble Nindie Bundle promotion, a release of console games that have been up to now exclusively available for PC, MAC, Linux and Android devices. The promotion is available for console and handheld games.
For Hadi Partovi of Code.org, establishing computer science education across the US will ensure women and ethnic group minorities will have the chance to know if computer science is a career they’re good at and drawn to:
“Before leaving high school, all students deserve the opportunity to learn computer science and understand how it can help them in any career, regardless of whether they want to be software engineers or not,” Partovi said. “Many girls and underrepresented students of color never even consider a future in CS because most schools don’t teach the class.”