Khan Academy offers JavaScript as their first computer language

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John Resig of jQuery fame outlines why Khan Academy decided to offer JavaScript as their first computer language. With video, of course.

Khan Academy, the wildly successful series of free instructional videos, proved YouTube is good for more than kitten videos. Now an educational powerhouse, Khan Academy has trained "students" in a variety of math and science topics, and decided to add a computer language to their topics. There are many choices, but Khan Academy settled on JavaScript.

Khan Academy viewers skew young, so keeping their attention with something fun and graphical that provides some early success feedback is critical. Resig admits JavaScript, as a language, has its warts and issues, but so do all languages. And since young programmers to be must start somewhere, Khan Academy decided JavaScript is where to start.

Great choice

Just to further support this, we actually teach JavaScript as the first language in our Mobile degree program at Full Sail University.
Mike on ejohn.org

What really "sells" for JS is that it's probably the only language currently with which you can start to write interesting programs with graphics (go HTML5 canvas) without actually installing anything
Eli Bendersky on plus.google.com

Students can do very interesting things very quickly.

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