First Educational Version of a Programming Language Enables Middle School Code Education – Bridging the Middle School Gap
“Not every student will grow up to be a software developer, but knowing how computers ‘think’ and how to logically solve a problem by breaking it down into steps, are skills that every student is going to need in the modern workforce,” said Gordon Arnold, computer science professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. “Educational versions of programming languages, such as Blackbird’s, seek to address this need by providing an environment where students can learn the coding concepts in a simple way, with immediate constructive feedback, enabling them to learn at a student-appropriate pace, and in an enjoyable manner.”
Now in use in middle schools and coding academies throughout the country, Blackbird was built from the ground up to address the middle school gap in coding education – in a fun and engaging platform that can be administered by non-technical and technically trained teachers, instructors and parents. Blackbird’s curriculum guides students through coding lessons aligned with standards identified in the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for Math and English – as well as the Computer Science Teachers Association Computer Science standards. Blackbird’s integrated LMS enables instructors to easily track student progress, review code and make direct comments.