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Code.org Releases 2014 Annual Report on Hour of Code, Code Studio

Code.org Releases 2014 Annual Report on Hour of Code, Code Studio

Code.org has released its 2014 annual report. The organization shared that the millions of student participants beat even its "wildest expectations."

According to the report on Code.org, provided by CEO Hadi Partovi and his team, 60 million students around the world tried the Hour of Code. The report said that "The Hour of Code is just a seed we plant, to grow into something more."

"The first hour shows students and their teachers that this is something any child can learn, that any classroom can teach," the report said. "The bulk of Code.org’s effort goes into follow-up: adding computer science to official curriculum. Here’s my summary of what we achieved in 2014, with your help."

The first achievement highlighted in the report is "bringing fantastic online courses to classrooms."

"We’ve developed 100 hours of follow-on curriculum that’s taught in 90,000 schools worldwide," the report said. "With 4 million students enrolled, our courses receive consistently positive feedback. Students love the courses because they feel like playing a game, they feature fun characters like the Angry Birds or Anna & Elsa, and role model lecturers such as Mark Zuckerberg. Teachers appreciate the time we've spent on the pedagogy and classroom testing, and because it's an educational product that engages their students so fully."

The second achievement in the report was "partnering with school districts, training teachers."

"We’ve signed agreements with the largest school districts in the US to train their existing staff to teach computer science and to add it to the formal curriculum," the report said. "Code.org’s awesome partners and Affiliates train 1,000 teachers every month! Our professional development workshops receive rave reviews - 80% of attending teachers say it is the best professional training they've ever received! If you want your local school to participate, write a letter to a teacher or principal. [See sample letter]."

Partovi said that looking to 2015, "we have a ton of work ahead, but I’ve also never felt more confident in our ability to realize our vision: that every student in every school should have opportunity to study computer science."

Read the full report and comment below. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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