Codecademy’s new mobile app gets users into the “hour of code”

The hour of code

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The “Hour of Code” initiative, launched Monday in association with Computer Science Education Week, has a simple premise: in just a one-hour lesson, users can learn the basic fundamentals of code or a variety of tutorials to expand Computer Science knowledge. Codecademy  hopped on the initiative with its first iPhone(s aapl) app, released today, fittingly titled Codecademy: Hour of Code.

codecademy app1The free app synthesizes much of the introduction material available on Codecademy’s website to create five new, mobile-focused lessons that explore the foundations of code within the hour-long time limit. But despite its total run time of 60 minutes, Codecademy co-founder Zach Sims stressed to me that the experience is designed for “snacking”: “Do Codecademy on line, on a walk, in transit and use that time to be productive and learn skills instead of playing games,” Sims said in an email.

Sims also said that this is the…

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