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Shmoop releases computer science, technology courses

Courses target beginners and aspiring programmers

The White House recently took aim at the lack of computer science education in the U.S., with a proposal to spend $4 billion to turn up the volume.

Digital publisher Shmoop has launched a suite of computer science courses in an effort to give students the skills they need to land a job.

In the core Computer Science course, students will start by writing simple programs that can type and doodle. Once they’ve mastered the basics, they’ll work their way up to writing programs that take charge and teach them computer science—or something like that. In Introduction to HTML and CSS, students will find out how CSS is the web-equivalent of the stylist who takes off the female protagonist’s glasses and discovers she was beautiful all along. And both coders and luddites will benefit from courses like The History of Technology and The History of the Internet.

“Going forward, it’s going to be a tough slog for English majors,” says David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. “The job market will require computer science know-how, and anyone without it might just be replaced by a robot…which was engineered by the folks with the CS background.”

As states continue to decide if computer languages fulfill foreign language requirements, Shmoop will release more computer science courses, including Java, Python, Boolean Logic, Raspberry Pi, Foundations of Web Design, Introduction to Computer Science Principles, Web Scripting Fundamentals Using JavaScript, and more. Individual students and teachers can subscribe to Shmoop and get access to every course for a monthly rate.

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