DonorsChoose.org gift codes for getting students to code

In collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, Google Made with Code is offering up to $2,000 (possibly more!) in classroom funding to teachers who successfully lead 10 or more U.S public high school students from groups traditionally underrepresented in computer science (girls, or boys who identify as African American, Latino)  through either Codecademy or Khan Academy’s 15-hour intro to computer science course.

To get started, check out our two CS course options from Codecademy and Khan Academy and decide which one you think is a better fit for your students. Each course takes about 15 hours to complete, so you can devote some class time, start an after school club, or host a coding weekend – how you incorporate the course is totally up to you.

If you select Codecademy:

  1. Have your students sign up through http://www.codecademy.com/donors-choose and complete the course by March 17, 2015.  Make sure they select you as their teacher on signup.
  2. In April, we’ll email every student who completes by that date a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift code. Students can use the code to support any project, including yours, so make sure you have a project up!
  3. If 10 or more of the students who complete the course with you identify as part of groups traditionally underrepresented in computer science (girls, or Latino or Black students), we’ll also send you a $1,000 gift code in April as a thank you.

If you select Khan Academy:

  1. Sign up as a coach at https://www.khanacademy.org/donors-choose and invite your students to join your Khan Academy class.  Help them complete the Intro to JS course by March 17, 2015.
  2. In April, we’ll tally up the number of students you helped complete the course, and we’ll email you a DonorsChoose.org gift code equal to $100 per student  (so if you help 15 students, you’ll receive a $1,500 gift code).
  3. We’ll also include a wrap-up survey for your students.  When we analyze the results of that survey, if 10 or more of the students you helped self identified as part of groups traditionally underrepresented in computer science (girls, or Latino or Black boys), we’ll send you an additional $1,000 gift code as a thank you.

Why is Google funding these rewards?

Google wants every student to have the opportunity to study computer science, so that the world's most talented and diverse people have access to this great field. Learn more.

Do I need to be a STEM teacher to participate?

All public high school teachers regardless of subject can participate. Whether you’re teaching English, math or art history - if your students can type, they can get started with this course.

Can my students participate if they are not in grades 9-12?

This incentives program is only for high school students in grades 9-12. Younger students are welcome to go through the course, but middle school classes are not eligible for the Google-funded rewards.

Where is the course that my students must complete?

Codecademy’s course is here: http://www.codecademy.com/donors-choose.  
Khan Academy’s course is here: https://www.khanacademy.org/donors-choose,

What is the deadline for completing the course?

The first deadline is March 17, 2015. We’ll let you know if funding is still available after that date. Rewards are also first come, first served, so the sooner your students complete the course, the better your chances of receiving DonorsChoose.org funding credits. DonorsChoose.org will notify you on this page if funds are running low.

How does the funding credit work?

If you use Khan Academy, we’ll tally up the number of students who complete the course by March 17, 2015, and DonorsChoose.org will send you one gift code via email that represents $100 in DonorsChoose.org credits for every student who completes the course.   We’ll also include a survey for your students to fill out in that email, and if 10 or more students fill out the survey and indicate that they are underrepresented in CS (girls, or boys who identify as Black or Latino) we’ll email you an additional $1,000 gift code as a thank-you for helping your students learn to code.

If you use Codecademy, we’ll email each student who completes by March 17 a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift code. Students can use the code to support any project, including yours, so make sure you have a project up!  If 10 or more of the students who complete the course with you identify as part of groups traditionally underrepresented in computer science (girls, or Latino or Black boys), we’ll also send you a $1,000 gift code in April as a thank you - your students just need to select you as their teacher upon signup.

Is there a limit to how much money one person or school can obtain?

One teacher can receive rewards for up to 30 students ($3,000), plus one $1,000 “kicker” for having 10 girls/students of color complete the course. So the maximum one teacher can receive is $4,000 in funding credits.

Where can my students set whether they're female?

On Khan Academy, some of your students may have already chosen male/female when they signed up for a Khan Academy account. If they haven't yet, or you want to make sure it's set, ask them to visit their settings page by clicking their name in the top right corner and clicking "Settings" in that menu. There, they can set male/female. To check that your completed students have set male/female for their account, visit this status page.

On Codecademy, students set their gender on signup.

Where can my students set their race?

For Khan Academy teahcers: When DonorsChoose.org emails you your first gift code, they’ll also include a wrap-up survey for your students to fill out in that email. If 10 or more students fill our the survey and indicate that they are underrepresented in CS (girls, or boys who identify as Black or Latino) we’ll email you an additional $1,000 in DonorsChoose.org funding as a thank-you for helping your students learn to code.

For Codecademy teachers: students will set their race on signup.

What will my students learn?

They'll learn the basic parts of JavaScript and discovering their potential to create something cool with code.

How long will the course take?

The course takes about 10-15 hours. You can assign students to work on it during classtime or as homework, as well as offer extra credit, start an after-school coding club, or spend a week on JavaScript programming in your classroom.

How do I know how many of my students have completed?

On Khan Academy, you can use the student progress viewer and click badges when viewing the progress for an individual student, and verify they've earned the "Intro to JS" mastery badge. Or, for a quick view of all your students and the male/female setting on their accounts, visit this status page.

On Codecademy, we’ll base the gift code we sent you in April on the number of students who have selected you as their teacher on signup and completed the full course.

Can my students earn rewards if they completed this course last year?

Google wants to help as many students as possible get introduced to computer science, so only new students are eligible for this year’s rewards.

Details you should know about both courses:

  • Feel free to have students complete both courses. Just keep in mind that gift codes will only be distributed for completing one course per student and teacher.
  • To unlock the gift code, eligible students completing either course must be from a U.S. public high school.
  • We’d love for more than 10 of your students to complete either curriculum. Every student who completes one curriculum will unlock a $100 gift code (as long as funding is available). Please note that, no more than 30 gift codes from either course can be redeemed on a single teacher’s projects. Any additional codes can be applied to other worthy projects!
  • Gift codes can only be redeemed in their entirety toward projects that are eligible for funding on DonorsChoose.org.
  • We’re specifically looking to help as many new students as possible get their first taste of computer science.  Students who completed this course last year won’t be eligible for classroom funding credits, but we’ll let you know if we launch a more advanced option for those superstars.