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Anna Roys

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Khan Academy to launch computer science curriculum
Posted: Aug 15, 2012 6:10 PM
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I have found it interesting that some of my parents and students love to
supplement my courses with Khan Academy clips and exercises and others
simply, hate it. One student told me, "That guy's voice puts me to sleep -
it does not help me at all," while others report that it is very helpful.
Many parents indicate that when helping their kids with problems at home,
they use Khan Academy as a refresher so that they are able to give better
explanations to their students working on specific types of problems. Today
I read this article below and wondered about the new computer science
component being added and how helpful it might be. Anna
*Khan Academy to launch computer science curriculum* (snip)
http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/289683/khan-academy-launch-computer-science-curriculum

*August 14, 2012, 1:10 PM* ? *Note: The story has been updated to include
news of the launch, which occurred a day earlier than had been announced.*

Free online tutorial service Khan Academy has launched a new series of
instructional videos and tutorials <http://www.khanacademy.org/cs>covering
the field of computer science.

"This project is going to blow the doors off Computer Science education,"
boasted Khan's dean of computer science and noted JavaScript programmer
John Resig, in a Twitter
message<https://twitter.com/jeresig/status/235188715847286785>.
"I have a feeling that people are going to have A LOT of fun with it."

In another Twitter <http://www.itworld.com/twitter> message, Resig
hinted of<https://twitter.com/jeresig/status/235185132582100993> a
project that has taken him 10 months to complete. Resig is the creator of
the widely used jQuery JavaScript library, and has written numerous books
on JavaScript.

Shantanu Sinha, Khan Academy president and COO, called the curriculum "pure
magic," in another Twitter
message<https://twitter.com/ShantanuKSinha/status/235227291385475073>
.

In a blog post <http://ejohn.org/blog/javascript-as-a-first-language/> last
December, Resig said it would be likely that its computer science
curriculum would teach JavaScript as a first language. While noting
JavaScript's many shortcomings, Resig praised the language for its
"ubiquity, desirability in the larger workforce, lack of prior installation
requirements, and ability to create something that's easy to share with
friends," he wrote, adding that the curriculum would not focus solely on
JavaScript.



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