As students are stuck at home and transitioning to online learning, we’re offering our software for free to K-12 coding classrooms.
As students across the globe have been sent home in the wake of COVID-19, educators have been forced to transition to online learning—and parents are looking for creative ways to maintain their sanity!
As a fully remote team our own employees have felt the effects of the pandemic in communities from Kentucky to Los Angeles, and British Columbia to Miami. Graduating high school students are missing out on the traditional Senior experience, and learning has been disrupted across the board.
At Qualified, it's important to us that we do our part to combat the pandemic and keep students and teachers moving in the right direction. We're excited to announce a couple of ways that we're uniquely positioned to help!
Qualified’s coding classroom tools are now free for K-12 educators and students
If you’re a teacher in a K-12 coding classroom, the transition to running a remote classroom comes with a whole new set of challenges—login and audio issues, background noises, and students with an onslaught of distractions popping up in their internet browser windows. But this remote first reboot actually gives you an opportunity to gain efficiency and teach more effectively, too.
Qualified’s suite of code assessments tools give educators access to a library of professionally built coding assessments across a wide variety of languages and frameworks. This is your opportunity to use the same technology employed by coding schools like Thinkful and Andela with your own students!
The following are just a few of the ways we can help you run a fully remote coding classroom:
- Easily send assessments via email to any student or group of students—successfully submitted assessments will be automatically scored, saving you time reviewing code.
- Qualified provides detailed benchmarking statistics so you can see how each student performs against other members of their class, or against the global population of developers who have taken the assessment.
- Launch pair-programming sessions to support one-to-one or one-to-many teaching, allowing you to project your screen or any student’s as you talk through a coding assessment or challenge.
- Teachers can watch detailed code playback at an accelerated speed, making it easy to see each student’s thought process as they work through coding activities.
- Use our code similarity and risk detection tools to make sure that the code students are submitting represents their own, original work.
- Provide detailed feedback on specific segments of code using Qualified’s code review tools.
- Qualified can easily work in tandem with Zoom, who recently lifted (for K-12 educators) the 40-minute time limit restriction for video calls on their platform. For example, by using Qualified's Zapier integration you can easily send a coding assessment invite to students during the normal workflow of inviting them to a Zoom meeting.
In addition to K-12 coding classrooms, we're also making this offer available to small non-profit study groups that have been impacted by the pandemic. You'll be able to use our software free of charge throughout the pandemic, and we'll make all reasonable accomodations to support your use of Qualified throughout the duration of your academic program.
If you’d like to use Qualified for free in your coding classroom please schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with a Qualified product specialist.
Codewars gamifies the learning experience...and may be just the distraction you need
Whether you’re a teacher or a parent that’s suddenly found yourself at home with the kids, chances are everybody in your family is already starting to bounce off the walls…. come on, at least just a little bit! That’s where Codewars comes in.
If you’re unfamiliar with Codewars, it’s one of the largest and fastest growing developer communities on the web. The site gamifies the experience of completing coding challenges called kata (a martial arts term), which aspiring developers can work through earning ranks and honor as they successfully complete challenges. As you progress, new and more difficult challenges are unlocked.
It’s a fun, addictive format that students can use to compete with their friends as they work their way up the leaderboard. But better yet, students can see other developers’ solutions to the challenges they complete, allowing them to learn new and more elegant ways of completing any given coding challenge.
If you’d like to have your kids or students start training on Codewars, they can begin proving their skills and earning ranks and honor at https://www.codewars.com/.
We hope that Qualified and Codewars can be useful to K-12 educators and parents as we’re all adjusting to this new, remote first world. Here’s to hoping we can play a small role in inspiring a new generation of software engineers during this challenging time!
-The Qualified Team