Google’s latest contribution to the global movement that advocates teaching kids to code as the solution for every problem has discovered something revolutionary: if you put good content online, lots of people will read it and some of them may even engage with it.
The revelation comes from Google Research, which has run its eye over the numbers emerging from Harvard University’s Creative Computing Online Workshop, a six-week massively online open course (MOOC) “for educators who want to learn more about using Scratch and supporting computational thinking in the classroom and other learning environments.”
Google’s now touting the course as a tremendous success because it “… had 2600 participants, who created more than 4700 Scratch projects, and engaged in 3500 forum discussions, compared to the ‘in-person’ class held last year, which reached only 50 educators.
Those expecting data from the in-person class to compare outcomes with the MOOC will be disappointed. Google Research doesn’t offer a single supporting digit other than the attendee and project numbers mentioned above. It has also dug up a few other MOOC success stories suggesting those who participate in them quite enjoy the experience.