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When I first started Khan Academy I managed to pull the website together with some pretty rusty coding skills I had picked up in college. I realize now that I was one of the lucky ones – 90% of students don’t get the opportunity to learn any type of computer coding while they’re at school. That’s crazy when you consider how much of our lives require technology.
This week over 5 million students will participate in the Hour of Code – and try out coding for the first time. I want to ask you to check out our pre-built lesson and send your students there to try it out – at the end of the hour, they’ll have coded their very own greeting card to send to someone this holiday season:
If they can type, they can code. Coding may seem a little scary to some, but we’ve made a fun hour of coding that’ll have them building things in a snap.
What is the Hour of Code?
Hour of Code is about getting millions of students to try computer science for just one hour during Computer Science Education Week, which starts tomorrow. A lesson plan for educators can be found here. At Khan Academy, we’ve custom made a tutorial for students that requires no prior experience and is good for grades 3 to 12 and beyond – anybody can learn: