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Learning to Code - the why and the where

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Learning to Code - the why and the where...

Where?

So, with the above taken on board (and note to oneself at this point too!), here are a few places and spaces that you might want to take a look at if you agree that learning to code is the way forward:learning to code

Do it Yourself
Option 1 might well be the hardest to manage bearing in mind that you are taking the responsibility of planning and organising regular time to do the ‘learning part’. However, for those of us more accustomed to working for ourselves anyway, this might be the best option. There are plenty of apps, books and online resources that let you run through the process of learning to code at your own pace and in your own time.

Spaces and Places
Some of the best spaces and places to consider include:

Codeacademy - Codeacademy is an online - interactive and free space for you to learn to code. You can learn anything from the very basics of website design to the languages you can use, and like any good interactive space, it allows you to physically do and try out - as much as it allows you to read and listen. You can also join coding communities and network and learn together - a collaborative approach that we at Startacus love.

For Kids. CoderDojo. Want to get your kids involved in coding from a young age? It might be worth taking a gander at CoderDojo. CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers.

Willing to pay - Treehouse seems to come up repeatedly if you search for online coding lessons. Their mission is “to bring affordable Technology education to people everywhere, in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world.” We’d like to highlight that it ain't free - affordable being the giveaway word!

Going to meetups
It is also possible, certainly within big cities, to find meetups that involve learning to code and meeting up to talk about (yep, you guessed it) coding and learning to code. Of course, some meetups will be more advanced than others and it would be good to do a little research and contact the group first, to see if they fit the level or standard that you are at. Meetup.com is a pretty good place to start.

If you don’t believe us - listen to these guys
Nuff said from us perhaps - after all we are still in the midst of learning the basics ourselves. However if you still need a little persuasion on the importance of coding, check out the following short video “What most schools don’t teach” featuring some folk you might have heard of such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh...

What most schools don't teach


However - over to you - if you know of a cool/ better/ or beta space or place to learn how to code email us at iam@startacus.net with the subject coding place and we will take a look and consider adding it too!

If you liked this tech themed post - you might also appreciate our previous post on 3D Printing - The 3 basic things you need to know...

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Published on: 16th July 2013

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