Most IT specialists have friends and/or kids who might be interested in learning how to code, but their friends and/or kids don’t know from where to begin. It is the same as with learning foreign languages, it would be easier if you start learning in your younger years. Getting used to such programming languages as .NET, HTML, CSS, and Java ensures that you’ll have a deeper understanding of tech world and this will open new opportunities for becoming an IT specialist. We’ve checked-out some online resources for kids and adults which can help you to develop intelligence in coding.
Developed by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a free desktop and multimedia tool for kids and youth. Scratch teaches algorithm thinking and it can smooth-out the transition to using HTML and CSS. It allows kids to create simple computer games, interactive stories, and animation using programming techniques without actually creating a code. Since 2007, over 800,000 users have shared over 1.7 million projects. Sharing is an important part of the Scratch community, so any project can be viewed and modified without online registration. The latest releases allows the program to live entirely within your browser.
Code.org aims to bring coding into the daily life and provides kids and youth with a friendly tutorial on programming basics. Within the programming puzzles, students learn about important coding concepts like the importance of order and also get to practice problem-solving skills. Each puzzle helps students view their progress and build upon learned skills.
If a teachers wish to motivate their students to develop interest in programming, they can use code.org video clips to deliver a motional messages on “why everyone should learn coding”.
Codecademy is an online learning platform for people who are interested in learning to code. Codecademy provides a console that allows you to work with real code and then watch how it performs. It also helps that the learning and coding experiences are realistic to real-life coding.
The best thing about Codecademy, is its presentations are simple and friendly. An instruction appears on the left and a code box on the right. You get multiple tabs like a result window and the in-browser code editor even provides code completion.
CS50, Harvard University’s computer science course teaches you how to think more methodically and how to solve problems more effectively. With these skills you receive an ability to solve real-world problems in ways and speeds beyond the abilities of many specialists. Harvard has made this course available free to anyone. The course is led by David Malan, an enthusiastic young professor and Senior Lecturer on Computer Science at Harvard who has become something of a hot shot at Harvard. His mission is to make computer science more accessible and far less complicated. In addition to CS50, Malan offers continuing courses for those who want to improve further in programming or web development: Building Dynamic Web Sites, Building Mobile Applications, Understanding Computers and the Internet, and XML with Java.
Treehouse is a website that provides training on development, web design, and app development topics. While Treehouse Club is not free ($25 for a basic plan and $49 for a pro plan) – without a doubt, it’s the most in-depth learning tool for coding and programming. It has a library of 1,000+ videos which are followed by interactive tasks and quizzes. Treehouse has over 37,000 active members and the main reason why this is so, is its high standard of content quality which is proclaimed by Treehouse’s team. All courses are crafted by a team of experienced expert teachers. Its library is still a work in progress. Treehouse doesn’t teach you how to write code – it trains you to become a coder.
Softheme has its own training center. If you’re young, enthusiastic and want a career in the IT field, then check-out our training center page to learn more about available opportunities and new courses.
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