Kindergarten coders: Code.org launches open source Code Studio to boost kids’ learning of computer science
Code.org announced the launch of its new Code Studio today – an open source product designed to make it easy for kids — as young as kindergarten age — to pick up the building blocks and skills it takes to learn computer science. The studio includes courses on broad programming topics like loops and conditionals, as well as more general topics like how the Internet works. Code Studio’s Play Lab also includes functionality that allows students to message a link to apps or animations that they’ve built directly to a smartphone ...
I’m proud to announce the launch of Code Studio, Code.org’s new open-source learning platform designed to teach students the basics of computer science, starting as early as kindergarten.
The Code.org vision is to bring computer science to every student in every school and today marks our latest step towards that vision.
We believe passionately that every child who has an opportunity to discover the world around them through a smartphone should also be given the learning capabilities and tools to build their own app. Code Studio enables even our youngest students to learn to build a basic animation or app in elementary school, and then share it to a friend’s phone within minutes.
The Code Studio tutorials enable students to cover programming topics such as repeat loops, conditionals, and functions, as well as broader concepts such as how the internet works, or the role of digital citizenship in modern society. Code Studio expands on Code.org’s previous online tutorials which have already been used by over 30,000 classroom teachers and tens of millions of students. Any student can sign up for the beginner courses at http://studio.code.org.
Make a simple app, send it to you phone
Within Code Studio, we’ve developed Play Lab, where elementary students can create and send apps or animations directly to a cell phone, just by typing in the phone number. This is a first in education for kids, made possible through a collaboration with Twilio.