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Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates urge kids to learn coding



Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey (among many others) are starring in a new video released yesterday from Code.org to promote the teaching of computer coding in schools.

They are also appearring Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, and others.

Watch more videos at their YouTube channel.

From Code.org we are mentioning:

Code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. Our goals include:

  • Spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers, and that it's much easier to learn to program than you think.
  • Building an authoritative database of all programming schools, whether they are online courses, brick+mortar schools or summer camps.

Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

Code.org offers many interactive code learning tools from Codecademy, Khanacademy and CodeHS and asks for computer engineers to donate their time.

Code.org founder Hadi Partovi said to Reuters: "Basic computer programming is so easy that fifth-graders can learn it. Yet only 10% of schools teach it, and only nine states recognize it for graduation credit. Learning to code unlocks creative thinking and opens unparalleled career options. Coding is the new American Dream and should be available to everybody, not just the lucky few."

Bill Clinton quote was very interesting: "every single year in America there is a standing demand for 120,000 people who are training in computer science".

Steve Ballmer (CEO, Microsoft Corporation) said it more clearly: "Computer programming is the single best professional opportunity in the world. We need more Americans in the field. Let’s go!"

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