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Unlike the Trix cereal, coding and computer science aren't just for kids. Everyone, and especially teachers and parents, can lead by example and learn a few lines of HTML. Here's how Idit Harel, CEO of Globaloria, explains why parents need to code:Coding is the new literacy. It will not replace foreign languages, but it will be the global vernacular for understanding how technologies work.

We all read to our children from a young age and encourage them to write. We do not expect them to become novelists or journalists, but we know these skills are a pathway to productivity and prosperity. It’s the same with coding.
Not every coding job involves working in a blue chip tech company or Silicon Valley startup. Wineries, fashion designers and music studios are just a few examples of the many diverse industries where programming has become ingrained.
And contrary to public perception, learning to code doesn't necessarily require hammering away at a keyboard, eyes affixed on some text editor. From Minecraft to monkeys, here are a few of the latest toys that bring the joys of programming to life. Or, you can also pack your kids off to summer coding camp.
In this collection of articles below we share different perspectives on coding movement. While familiar names like Google and Code.org spearhead efforts to introduce computer science to classrooms, local entrepreneurs are also creating grassroots coding communities to ensure that everyone, regardless of background, has access to technology education. After all, coding and computer science are key to a more diverse technology workforce—but only if the opportunities are available to a diverse community.
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Getting Started

How to Launch Your Own Coding Club

Embracing Diversity and Equal Access

The latest in the TEACHED short film series produced byLoudspeaker FilmsCode Oakland examines the evolution of Oakland through the eyes of social entrepreneurs determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley expands into the city that is home to the second largest black community in California.

Lessons from the Classroom

Reflections and Retrospectives

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