Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hour of Code Day 3: Coding across Cultures

One of the things I love about being a programmer is that it’s given me the opportunity to meet programmers from so many different cultures, languages, and countries, because programming is something we all have in common. We all speak the language of code, even if that’s the only language we have in common.

On Khan Academy, we try to make our curriculum accessible to a diverse set of learners. For the Hour of Code curriculum that hundreds of thousands of learners are taking on this week, we’ve added interactive transcripts for deaf and non-native speakers, and we’ve translated all of it into Spanish and significant portions into Portuguese (and could use your help with the rest!).

We see that diversity in what students are creating for the final project, the greeting card. The cards celebrate a range of holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, even Festivus!) and wish happy holidays in many languages (German, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, Estonian!):

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