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Making code coolThere's a new push to change what students are taught in their computer classes. For the second year, the Hour of Code gives students a chance to try coding during Computer Science Education Week. As CNET.com's Kara Tsuboi reports, everyone from Ashton...
Elsa and Anna ice skating. Angry Birds squashing pigs. Robots painting a path. It may look like kid's play. But students at Westboro Middle School, are writing lines of computer code. And they probably don't even realize it. A lot of kids like technology. And they only use technology to play. And this way, they can actually use technology to learn. The students are joining millions of others around the world, during this computer science education week, and an hour of code. In one hour, you learn that. Programming a computer. Creating technology is easy. It's fun. And even if you're eight years old you can enjoy it. And could perhaps build the skills kids will need to snag future high tech jobs. We wanna make sure that our kids are ready for the future. Our kids can actually go ahead and have these high paying jobs 10 years from now. As part of the event, celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher. But I really wish that I had learned how to code. And Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey are participating in live video classroom chats. Even President Obama tried his hand at coding. And for other grown ups, Apple is holding workshops at its stores. But the hour of code isn't just about one hour of one week. Organizers are hoping it has a more lasting effect. By motivating schools to change what they teach in computer classes. So your traditional computer class that teaches you just how to use technology is increasingly irrelevant. And the computer programming and computer science, how to create technology, that's what we need to be teaching our kids. To participate in Hour of Code, visit code.org. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Savio, cnet.com for CBS News.