Google has offered a new coding education resource through Code with Google. It taps on Google’s free course curriculum on computer science and other programs. And students can learn to code or build on their present skills at all levels.
The Code with Google resources goes beyond learning. It includes scholarships, internships, summer programs, and residencies.
Google VP of Education and University Relations Maggie Johnson blogged that recognizing computer science across all educational levels is quite high. But the availability of courses, such as hands-on programming for students, is low. It is mostly available to students living in wealthier districts with more resources.
“67 percent of teachers believe CS is just as important as other subjects, but many schools don’t offer computer science courses that include programming—and the ones that do are in well-resourced school districts,” Johnson said.
Code with Google resources are free. It drives its tech leadership in education combined with low-cost Chromebooks for schools.
Google released a $1 million grant to the Computer Science Teachers Association beside the launch of the new resource.
“As part of Code with Google, we’re extending our commitment to teachers by announcing a $1 million Google.org grant to the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to support their mission of building community and providing CS professional development to teachers in communities across the U.S. Through CSTA’s national network of chapters, more teachers will have the resources they need to bring CS learning to their students,” Johnson added.
Google continues to approach its education strategy using free resources and user-friendly cloud software. These are accessible to a wide range of educators and students at all levels of skill and expertise.
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.”