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Code.org recently made a splash with its high-profile supporters — everyone from Bill Gates to Snoop Dogg have offered up their support for Code.org’s premise: that everyone should learn to code.

While Code.org’s goals are admirable, the movie above spends near zero time talking about what might be the most important part of the equation: computer science teachers.

The Code.org website has info for interested teachers, but the emphasis is still clearly on enticing students to want to learn to code. That’s great, but what about CS teachers?

To prepare for an upcoming talk at the annual Python conference, Pycon, Mozilla data architect and PostgreSQL contributor Selena Deckelmann recently started talking with actual High School CS teachers and has some surprising, if depressing, take aways about what we can do to help kids learn to code. Deckelmann’s survey is admittedly informal and rather small, but it’s a start.

Deckelmann reports that “reading comprehension is the biggest barrier to completion of AP Computer Science” and that “continued existence” is the biggest battle for a computer science teacher every year.

Deckelmann cites a 2010 report that found “the number of secondary schools offering introductory computer science courses dropped 17 percent from 2005 to 2009 and the number offering Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses dropped 35 percent in that time period.”

More encouraging is that students at one high school learned three languages in three years (C++, Java and Python).

It’s also interesting to note that Deckelmann says “the CS teachers I’ve met want to share their lessons — with me and with other teachers,” and that “the CS teachers I’ve met don’t know other CS teachers.” That sounds like an opportunity for some kind of social site if anyone is interested — just be sure to talk to some actual teachers before you start building.

If you’re planning to be at Pycon this weekend be sure to check out Deckelmann’s talk “What teachers really need from us.”

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This weekend, the first part of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival took place in Indio, California. More than 225,000 people gathered to hear performances by more than 140 artists including Radiohead, Bon Iver, Gotye, The Hives, and Florence and the Machine. A lifelike projection of the late rapper Tupac Shakur even took the stage last night during the closing act with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The festival wraps up next weekend, April 20 through 22. [33 photos]

Jarvis Cocker of the British band Pulp, in silhouette, performs during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on April 13, 2012, in Indio, California. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Justice's latest single "Civilization" will serve as the soundtrack for the latest Adidas campaign, created by Romain Gavras - director of the controversial music video for Justice's 2008 track "Stress".

The campaign, entitled "All Adidas" will include Lionel Messi, B.o.B, Snoop Dogg, Ed Banger Records and Derrick Rose and will encompass the Originals, Sport Style and Sport Performance sub-brands, making it the most complete look at the brand so far.

The digital release of "Civilization" is set for 4 April 2011 on Ed Banger Records / Because Music.


To take a look at all the clips, head over to Adidas's YouTube channel.


www.adidas.com

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