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Report: Gamifying computer science is an easy place to start

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
August 16th, 2016

A new platform makes it easier for schools without computer science teachers to offer the subject to students

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With efforts to expand computer science education growing across the nation, some schools still grapple with a big problem: they don’t have the staff or space to accommodate a computer science course.

In fact, though interest in computer science education, and access to it, is growing, a recent report found that not enough students are taking high-quality computer science classes at the high school and university levels.

The report found that just half of U.S. states actually count computer science as a math or science credit rather than an elective, and 29 states lack computer science teacher certification programs.

But a new approach that teaches coding through gamification makes it easy for teachers with zero computer science background to teach coding to students.

CodeCombat offers a game-based platform through which students learn coding in an engaging manner. And this fall, schools are introducing the platform as a way to connect students to computer science and coding in a more permanent way.

Next page: Two districts that are implementing the platform this fall