‘Our Team Will Teach Your Children At Home While School Is Closed’


    theodp writes: In a Medium post, tech-backed explains how it will be supporting our community during school closures, which includes “a major investment in online education without an in-person instructor” and other offerings. From the signup form for Code Break: “With schools closed and tens of millions of students at home, is launching Code Break — a live weekly webcast where our team will teach your children [K-12 computer science] at home while school is closed, and a weekly challenge to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers. […] Computer science is foundational to all fields of study, but since many schools don’t offer it yet, this could be a unique chance to support your child in a fun new learning opportunity.” Interestingly, will be competing with its own corporate donors for homebound kids’ attention. Microsoft is offering limited-time free Minecraft: Education Edition licenses as its way “to help teachers and students stay connected to the classroom” during school closures. And Google has come up with a curated list of distance learning resources for schools affected by COVID-19 (think Google Hangouts and Chromebooks), as has Facebook for Education (“If school is closed, Messenger Kids is a way to continue the social interactions the students might have at school”). Amazon is also pitching CS study for homebound kids: “As classrooms across the U.S. experience educational disruption during the pandemic, Amazon Future Engineer will initially provide free access to our sponsored computer science courses in the United States [thru Aug. 31]. These courses are for independent learners from 6th to 12th grade, or teachers who are teaching remotely to this age group.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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