Shmoop Releases Computer Science and Technology Courses for Noobs and Aspiring Programmers Alike

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Learning to code is no longer optional, and Shmoop wants students to enjoy the learning process without accidentally developing an app that will lead to the end of civilization.

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The job market will require computer science know-how, and anyone without it might just be replaced by a robot...which was engineered by the folks with the CS background.

The White House recently laid the smack down on the lack of computer science education in the U.S., with a proposal to spend $4 billion to turn up the volume. Shmoop (, a digital publisher known for its award-winning test prep and certified online courses, is at the ready with a suite of computer science courses. Shmoop's goal? To give students the skills they need to land a job and...not bring about the apocalypse.

Shmoop stands out from the pack with its unique brand of humor and pop culture-savvy curriculum that brings the material to life. In the core Computer Science course, students will start by writing simple programs that can type and doodle. Once they've mastered the basics, they'll work their way up to writing programs that take charge and teach them computer science—or something like that. In Introduction to HTML and CSS, students will find out how CSS is the web-equivalent of the stylist who takes off the female protagonist's glasses and discovers she was beautiful all along. And both coders and luddites will benefit from courses like The History of Technology and The History of the Internet.

"Going forward, it's going to be a tough slog for English majors," says David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "The job market will require computer science know-how, and anyone without it might just be replaced by a robot...which was engineered by the folks with the CS background."

As states continue to decide if computer languages fulfill foreign language requirements, Shmoop will release more computer science courses, including Java, Python, Boolean Logic, Raspberry Pi, Foundations of Web Design, Introduction to Computer Science Principles, Web Scripting Fundamentals Using JavaScript, and more. Individual students and teachers can subscribe to Shmoop and get access to every course for one low monthly rate. Schools and districts looking to take advantage of some of that federal cash can contact sales(at)shmoop(dot)com for bulk discounts.

About Shmoop

Shmoop offers hundreds of thousands of pages of original content. Their Online Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, Learning Guides, and interactive Study Tools are written by teachers and experts and balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 13 million unique visitors a month across desktop and mobile. The company has won numerous awards from EdTech Digest, Tech & Learning, and the Association of Educational Publishers. Launched in 2008, Shmoop makes the magic happen from a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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