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Pluralsight Releases Programming Courses for Kids

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March 26, 2013

LAYTON—">Pluralsight has released two new, free courses: “Teaching Kids Programming” and “Learning How to Program with Scratch.” The courses were designed to teach programming to kids in elementary, middle and high school. Pluralsight has teamed with professional programmers Lynn Langit and Llewellyn Falco of the non-profit organization Teaching Kids Programming (TKP) to develop a custom version of their curriculum for teaching kids how to program.

Pluralsight provides parents and instructors with free online tools and a hands-on approach to more effectively teach the basics of computer programming to kids. With the release of its new free courses, Pluralsight aims to inspire its more than 200,000 users around the world, who are all professional developers themselves, to teach computer programming in their homes and elementary, middle and high schools.

“These new experiential courses are easy for parents and instructors to teach, allowing them to track, with each lesson, how kids are progressing,” said Aaron Skonnard, CEO and co-founder of Pluralsight.

“Teaching Kids Programming,” developed by Langit and Falco, is a set of free, open source courseware that guides students through the basics of programming. The Pluralsight version of TKP courseware, specifically designed with professional programmers in mind, teaches children how to program using Visual Studio and C#. Langit consulted her own eighth grade daughter, Samantha, to help develop the courses in order to create intuitive, kid-friendly methods to translate fundamental programming concepts to her target audience. The “Teaching Kids Programming” Pluralsight course is based on the authors’ already successful courseware, available in other languages such as Java and SmallBasic.

“Kids are taught to consume technology and not to create it. Our goal is to fix that,” said Langit. “My partner, Llewellyn, and I firmly believe that programming should be a core skill taught in elementary, middle and high schools across the globe, which is why we looked to Pluralsight to help us reach worldwide scale with our free courseware for kids.”

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