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Tech giant will hold Hour of Code events next week at its stores -- from New York to London to Tokyo -- to spark kids' interest in computer programming.
The Hour of Code campaign, launched by Code.org and supported by President Obama, is aiming to get 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms worldwide to learn at least one hour of computer science this week.
Education has long revolved around reading, writing, and arithmetic. But Code.org wants to see coding added to the curriculum. CNET's Sumi Das looks at the efforts to introduce computer science into schools.
These four sites offer step-by-step tutorials that take very different approaches to programming instruction. One of them is perfect for your level of coding experience.
Hour of Code, which starts Monday, is a weeklong effort to help students engage in the basics of computer science.