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Learning.com and Codesters Partner to Develop EasyCode Pillars, a K-8 Interactive Coding Curriculum

Posted Apr 17, 2017
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Learning.com has announced a new partnership with Codesters, a leading platform for K-12 computer science instruction, to develop EasyCode Pillars, an online interactive curriculum that incorporates coding challenges and game design into the classroom to cultivate students’ coding skills. This digital literacy resource offers students a dynamic, hands-on coding experience, while providing teachers with a turnkey instructional solution for use in the computer lab or the classroom.

As an extension to Learning.com’s EasyCode computational thinking and coding curriculum for grades K-8, EasyCode Pillars takes a project-based approach and gives students hands-on coding experience via small coding challenges, debugging practice, game design and short quizzes that test comprehension. Students learn how to animate objects, play sounds and use their mouse and keyboard input, building real-world Python coding skills. Self-paced EasyCode Pillars allows teachers to easily identify and work with struggling students, while more advanced students can move on to increasingly complex projects.

Among the dynamic features of EasyCode Pillars is The Drag-to-Text Toolkit, which simplifies syntax and seamlessly takes students through the transition into full-text coding from block-based coding. Using Python, an industry-leading programming language, students are able to see how the skills they are learning are applicable to real world careers, increasing their level of engagement and interest. By building new projects from the ground up, they deepen their understanding of the concepts they are learning while demonstrating mastery over the core skills they have developed.

The step-by-step activities in EasyCode Pillars are designed to help teachers with little to no computer science experience immediately provide quality classroom instruction. The detailed lesson plans expertly guide teachers through each concept, including answer keys for each activity, ensuring instant solutions for in-class exercises. Sample projects and metrics, along with in-lesson progress monitoring, make for easy student assessment and quality classroom interactions. As students code their way through a series of activities, they receive feedback on the spot, which allows them to customize the program to fit their specific learning needs and demonstrate proficiency.

EasyCode Pillars aligns with Learning.com’s pledge to support Computer Science for All (CSforAll), the Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education’s call-to-action for more computer science opportunities for all K-12 schools. CSforAll empowers K-12 students to learn computer science and develop the computational thinking skills necessary to spur the transition from consumer to creator in today’s digital economy. Codesters is a founding content partner of CSForAll Consortium, which supports the mission of expanding access to computer science education.

Source: Learning.com, learning.com


 
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