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Computer Science Course Now Online at the Khan Academy

August 15th, 2012 / in CS education / by Kenneth Hines

An example of Khan Academy's new web portal, teaching computer science through interactive drawing [image courtesy Khan Academy via TechCrunch].Last month at the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) biennial Snowbird Conference, a session titled “Reflections on Teaching Massive Online Open Courses” featured Peter Norvig from Google and Salman Khan (via Skype) from the Khan Academy discussing the recent transformation taking place in education.

Well, yesterday, the Khan Academy launched a brand new portal that aims to teach computer science through interactive drawing. The tutorials on the new Khan website are focused on computing for today’s youth, beginning prior to high school and concluding just before a college-level introductory computer science course.

Check out a video describing the new CS education portal after the jump:

Per press coverage of the new portal:

The new Computer Science site focuses on the critical early adolescent years, where children broaden (or narrow) their interests and identity before high school. The lessons don’t get much more complicated than basic algebra, and how these intuitive mathematical concepts can create powerful artistic, video game, and website experiences. “We wanted to create something that could get anyone with minimal knowledge of Computer Science really excited by the field–no matter what their age or situation,” says [Khan Academy president Shantanu] Sinha. One of the most advanced lessons, for instance, is a replication of Pac-Man (i.e. a circle eating other smaller circles) and stops short of a university-level Computer Science course.

For more details, visit the Khan Academy CS website — and read more of the press coverage here.

(Contributed by Kenneth Hines, CCC Program Associate)

Computer Science Course Now Online at the Khan Academy