Led by a canine named Karel and an easy-on-the-eye UI, CodeHS is making coding easier on teachers and pupils alike. Step 1. Cut open the box...
With estimates running that more than a million software and programming jobs will open up in the US between now and 2020, and all internet evidence declaring we'll not be able to fill those positions, CodeHS has built a community around teaching kids to code, with infrastructure that includes computer science teachers, teacher tools (rosters, progress tracking, syllabus, exercises, etc), online tutors, and a clean user interface design that makes the whole thing feel a lot less painful than real high school.
Kicking off with curriculum for classes that last from a few days to a year (and soon offering full four-year courses), CodeHS's timing couldn't be more important. The reality is that all math teachers grew up learning mathematics, but almost zero percent of established teachers currently in the system grew up with digital learning in their classrooms. So, what our teachers need at the moment, is something that doesn't feel scary to tackle, so that they don't relay those fears to the generation for whom these languages are as relevant to their futures as English.
While the programs CodeHS offers begin at zero cost to individual students and teachers, school membership programs start at $2,500. Acknowledged by the Kairos Society as one of its K50 for 2015, CodeHS seems to be another great addition to the many varied things (GirlsWhoCode, BlackGirlsCode, CodeNow, FreeCodeCamp) popping up to ensure more of our future gen can speak their truest international language/s.