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Teaching Computer Code in Schools

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(CBS News) Several leading names in the tech industry are urging California Governor Jerry Brown to make a big investment in computer science education. It's part of a new nationwide campaign for computer programming training in schools. You don't often hear high-tech discussions in a 5th-grade science class, but these lessons aren’t taught in most classrooms. Alana Aaron is teaching her students how to write computer programs. In other words, how to write code.

Code is the language you type into a computer to tell it what to do. It's like a recipe or driving directions. It can be taught offline...and then applied online. Hadi Partovi of code.org believes code should be taught in every school in America: "90% of our schools don't teach computer science and this is a foundational field for the 21 Century."

The program's online video tutorials are taught by celebrities. But despite the support and more than $10 million in donations, real education reform has been slow coming. Partovi says, "The biggest hurdle by far is that there is a shortage of teachers in this space. And then the second biggest hurdle is that people's mindset is that this is really hard and I can't learn it."

Aaron's students, though, prove otherwise. To take the free lessons yourself, click this link: www.code.org

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