I’ve written about the rise of coding as a skill in the past. The next evolutionary step of this process has begun. Two of the biggest names in the digital world, Zuckerberg and Gates, have endorsed a new initiative from Code.org to encourage 10 million new coders and programmers. Tech Crunch has a great article with comments from Ried Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn, about what this will mean for businesses and skilled workers. Coding will soon be ubiquitous. (I love that word, dont you love that word?) It will simply be another skill of the creative, savvy class that drives innovation. For those of us that are beyond the classroom, there are a number of self teaching tools available as well. The Tech Crunch article mentions a General Assembly tool now available, but there are a lot of options out there. Here are a few to consider:
Codecademy.com – An interactive community of learners and teachers
Code.org/Khan-academy – The Khan academy is a great place to learn just about anything. Their programs are partnered with accredited institutions and sponsored by those that want to perpetuate knowledge.
MITOPENCOURSEWARE – Want something a little more technical? Check out MITOPENCOURSEWARE for coding instruction that goes well beyond the basics.
Treehouse – Provides video how-to’s in a step by step format. It is a great place for beginners or for those who are freaked out by the whole idea of random numbers and letters that make the glowing screen do things.
Need more ideas? Mashable and Ted have plenty when it comes to learning to code. Check them out!