Code.org is a United States non-profit organization that started a computer science education movement with advocating its vision that “every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science”. This movement has changed the concepts of computer science education in many aspects. The current study examines the Code.org movement which has quickly gained momentum nationally and globally, with the demystifying “Hour of Code” activity, a one-hour introduction to computer science, being participated by a staggering 350 million students worldwide. In other words, one out of every 10 students on the planet has taken part. Including President Obama who proposed a $4 billion “Computer Science for All” initiative, eight presidents and prime ministers have supported the Code.org movement to inspire millions of students (Code.org 2016 Annual Report, Feb. 9, 2017). The author, as a first-generation Code.org workshop facilitator that has taught the free online curriculum to high school students and trained over a thousand elementary school teachers to teach the curriculum, examines the impacts of the movement.
Nancy Lee, Academic Concepts Educational Solutions, United States