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Learn how to code

Here is a message from Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy:

Computer programming changed my life.  If I couldn't program, I wouldn't have been able to write the first version of the Khan Academy website back in 2005.


I first got into programming in the 9th grade, when I started coding games on my graphing calculator.  That turned into internships in high school that helped me get into and succeed in college.


Now programming is more important than ever.  I believe that coding should now be considered as fundamental as reading, writing and arithmetic.  For my own children, regardless of what career they choose, the ability to design and understand software will be invaluable.


Start you child on the Hour of Code

During the week of December 7th millions of children in thousands of classrooms across 150 countries tried out code as part of Computer Science Education Week.  We want to amplify this effort.


The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to computer programming designed to demystify coding and show students that everyone can learn the basics.  At Khan Academy, we've crafted several custom-made tutorials for your child that require no prior experience.


Hour of Drawing with Code:  Students will learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world's most popular programming languages via two great options:

     Typing: keyboard-based coding (ages 10+).

      Drag-and-drop; block-based coding for students with less typing experience and students on iPads/tablets (ages 8+).


Hour of Webpages: Students will learn to make their own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).


Hour of Databases:  Students will learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+).


I hope you'll join us in introducing your child to an Hour of Code - I cant's wait to see what everyone makes!


Founder of Khan Academy and lover of code


This is a link to Khan Academy, Hour of Code:

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