CompSci teachers panic as Replit pulls the plug on educational IDE

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Computer science agents about the apple accept been larboard scrambling to acquisition an addition IDE for their students, afterwards Replit appear it was shuttering its Teams for Education plan.

"To focus on convalescent the Replit acquaintance for all users, we accept fabricated the difficult accommodation to bemoan Teams for Edu ... Teams for Edu will no best accept new appearance or bug fixes, and we will append the conception of new Teams and Orgs," a account from Replit, shared with educators and brought to our absorption on Monday by Reg readers, declared aftermost week.

The belvedere provided a collaborative chip development ambiance (IDE) tailored against classrooms. It accustomed acceptance to assignment calm on projects at the aforementioned time, agnate to Google Docs, as able-bodied as automating cipher appraisal to accumulate assessments agitated out by teachers.

The accommodation has sparked annoyance amid abounding educators who'd invested heavily in the belvedere back Replit fabricated the plan accessible for chargeless in aboriginal 2022.

"Computer science agents in the aftermost 48 hours accept had to clutter to try to acquisition alternatives as anon as accessible and it will be the acceptance that suffer," a abecedary based in Asia-Pacific told The Register. "Replit was the alone alignment we are acquainted of accouterment online coding with burning appraisal and so it was a badly accepted best with computer science teachers."

In a Xeet aftermost week, CEO Amjad Masad accustomed the affliction the accommodation to shut bottomward Teams for Education was acceptable to cause, but said the accepted arrangement had become economically nonviable.

"It was a cool boxy accommodation but the artefact was accident a ton of money for the business because it appropriate connected aliment and support," he said. "It was additionally compute big-ticket and was a ambition for a lot of abuse. Our ambition appropriate now is [to] acclimatize the aggregation appear continued appellation sustainability, because contrarily we won't be about to accomplish our mission."

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Replit acclaimed that it will abide to action its chargeless plan, but it's not bright at what point absolute educational users will be cut off. We doubtable the disability to add teams or orgs could present challenges for agents aggravating to alpha classes in the new year.

The alignment has said it will assignment with educators to move abroad from the account and accommodate apprehension back artefact acceptance would be removed. The Register has asked Replit for animadversion on its accommodation and description on its timeline – we'll let you apperceive if we apprehend back.

According to a blog post by Scottish Teachers Advancing Computing Science (STACS), it appears educators accept been audacious to angle copies of their projects in Replit Teams assimilate their claimed accounts.

Replit's accommodation to bang its Teams for Education apartment came aloof as the development startup announced a atypical plan, alleged Replit Core, which it affairs to advance in affective forward.

According to the barrage blog, Replit Core is a $220 a year AI-assisted IDE powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 ample accent model, which it claims can automatically accomplish and alter cipher snippets. To us this sounds an abominable lot like Microsoft's GitHub Copilot. ®