Product Updates: November 2019 through February 2020

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Here are the latest updates we've made across the Code.org website and platform! Updates from previous months can be found at the bottom of this article.  

Platform

We launched Dance Party 2019! This includes a brand new course (studio.code.org/s/dance-2019), new backgrounds, a new Sloth character, and new songs!
 

The new songs for Dance Party 2019 are:

  • Old Town Road (remix) by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Sucker by Jonas Brothers
  • Calma by Pedro Capo
  • Starships by Nicki Minaj
  • If I Can't Have You by Shawn Mendes (also a Kidz Bop Kids version)
  • Occidental's Karma by Francesco Gabbani
  • Intro to Shamstep by 47 Soul
  • High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco
  • Never Really Over by Katy Perry

We also launched AI for Oceans! Learn about artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, training data, and bias, while exploring ethical issues and how AI can be used to address world problems. When you use the AI for Oceans activity, you are training real machine learning models.

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Section management improvement: to make it easier for teachers to find the “Edit Section Details” menu, we changed the “v” (Chevron arrow) to a gear and moved “Edit Section Details” to the top of the list in the drop-down. 

Various text-to-speech (TTS) button improvements: We fixed a bug with TTS not working on the first level in the Pre-reader Express course. We also added TTS for the new Dance Party course. This allows users to have the instructions for those lessons read aloud to them when they tap the “play” button.

Updates to App Lab, Game Lab, and Web Lab include:

  • Continued improvements to our storage system for animations
  • We now allow data URLs to be used for images in App Lab, which also fixed some projects that couldn’t be remixed
  • Enable support for JFIF file types (images) in Web Lab, commonly found in Google image search

Improved K-5 workshop map: we shrunk down the pin size of workshops appearing on the map to minimize overlap, and match our other map pins.

International

Course certificates now support non-Latin characters! Previously, completion certificates could only support English/Latin characters. Now, any characters of any language will appear on your certificate!

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AI for Oceans is fully translatable and translated into the following 33 languages - Arabic, Czech, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

We added Hindi to the studio.code.org language selector! We also fixed a bug where free-response levels were not showing existing translations for instructions.

Previous product updates can be found here:

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