Hour of Code has started. Get free computer science education from Microsoft, Apple, and others

It's that wonderful time of the year again to get free learn to code videos

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Computer Science Education Week happens once a year around this time. (Read: now!) The Hour of Code program introduces programming basics in sixty minutes, with a variety of tutorials to appeal to would-be coders of all ages.

New this year are one-hour tutorials to make your own Flappy game clone using drag-and-drop programming and several more advanced tuturials that teach robotics, processing, and more. 

Many of the tutorials are geared towards kids (there's a "Gotta Code 'Em All" Swift tutorial using Pokemon-inspired characters), but that doesn't mean you--or you and your children--can't work on these together to work on those highly valuable coding skills.

Both Apple and Microsoft are hosting coding classes in real world locations this week. Microsoft's, for kids in grades 3 to 8, are through hands-on field trips through YouthSpark while apple's Hour of Code workshops--also, apparently, for kids--are on December 11.

It's always a good time to learn something new.

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