Google has unveiled a new program that aims to provide free coding resources to educators. Several schools around the world have realised that teaching Computer Science to young students is crucial. However, the resources that will help school teachers are not readily available. The ‘Code with Google’ program is a repository of educational resources to help teachers impart training in the basics of programming. The course is free and available in English and Spanish.
Google’s VP of Education and University Relations, Maggie Johnson said, “Code with Google is the next step in our ongoing commitment to closing equity gaps in computer science education. With the right tools and resources, more teachers can help their students unlock their potential with code.”
While recognition and importance of computer science across all levels of education is high, the actual availability of courses is low. Google’s Code with Google resources are free for students and educators.
You can also participate in the Google India Code to Learn contest 2019.
• Parents and Teachers of students in classes 5 to 12 can register and submit for students (No Nominations required)
• Class 5 – 10 students create a project using Scratch or App Inventor – fun and cool tools created by MIT.
• Class 9 -12 students create a project on Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning using Google Cloud AutoML – more information inside.
• Scratch and App Inventor projects from Class 11 – 12 will not be accepted
• Projects can be submitted up to 31-August-2019 end of the day.
• Win cool prizes.
The idea of teaching young children computer science is a good initiative considering that there exists a talent crunch in new and emerging technologies in India. Google will initially introduce coding education to elementary and middle school students. The company has bundled a lot of fun activities in existing free courses and tools to help learn coding. There are some video-based activities through Google’s free CS curriculum where tutors can teach programming fundamentals through various themes like game design, storytelling, sports, and art. Through this initiative, beginner students will be able to develop an aptitude for computer programming and exercise logical, problem-solving skills with ‘Code with Google’.