Learn Code

Matthew_MillerMatthew Miller from the #YesWeCode Network pulled together this list. The CivicLab thinks everyone should know how to code. Code or be coded. Program or be programmed. 

Resources for Learning Code: A Guide from Around the Web [Ver 1]

There are four different types of educational resources we’re compiling in this post: websites/databases, tutorials, workshops, and popular research (i.e. books, videos, forums). While this is not the end-all, be-all of learning how to code, these represent some of our favorite resources.

What are your favorite resources? Have any suggestions of educational resources that could be included? Email Matthew and watch this space for an updated resource list!

Online Courses

These are either short or full-length courses on the major aspects of computer science and technology posted on the web. While all are not free, many have starter courses that teach the basics and allow one to preview what the entire modules/courses deliver.

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
Maker Camp Course 30 days of DIY and making! Maker Camp is a free virtual summer camp on Google+, open to all.(FREE)
Making Sense of Data Course self-paced, online course is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualize, and manipulate data.(FREE) Data management; data science
“HTML Workshop” Course This “HTML Workshop: HTML Training for Beginners “course will teach you the tags used to build web pages using HTML 4.0. You will be able to build simple web pages after you finish this HTML training course”. 17 lectures, 2+ hours, 11,400 students, 70 discussions. (FREE) HTML, web development
Learn to set up websites from Scratch Course Over 24 lectures and 3.5 hours of content!
Learn about Webhosting and Domain name system
Learn about website setup
Learn all about WordPress Setup
Learn to set up emails, FTP accounts and make your website live. (FREE)
Cpanel, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), CSS, Joomla, WordPress
Learn Javascript and Jquery from Scratch Course Over 10 lectures and 2 hours of content!
Master JavaScript Syntax
Master the JQuery Library
Quickly build Web Projects using JS and Jquery (FREE)
Javascript, Jquery
Mastering HTML5 Programming – The Easier Way Course Over 35 lectures and 7 hours of content!
By the end of the course you will be able to understand the core concepts of HTML5 and CCS3
You will be able to create HTML5 APP and Front end for your websites and web products
You will learn about interesting features like Drop and Drag , Multimedia, Web sockets and Web messaging (FREE)
HTML5, CCS3, app development
Coding for Entrepreneurs (Basic) Course A Free Introduction to “Coding for Entrepreneurs | A Programming Class for the Non-Technical Founder” on Udemy. Over 27 lectures and 3.5 hours of content.(FREE) Python, Django, CSS, MySQL
Comprehensive JavaScript Programming Course This comprehensive JavaScript programming course will teach you how to develop JavaScript applications, specifically you will learn: functions, objects, strings, arrays, debugging, and much more. Over 27 lectures and 3 hours of content.(FREE) Javascript, Jquery, Angular, NodeyJS
Hour of Code Course Taught by Khan Academy, The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.(FREE) Web development; JavaScript
Try Ruby Course; website This website offers an interactive environment ready to go to start learning. No complicated manual and no setup required. Going through should take you about an hour. Try Ruby will walk you through the very basics of programming in Ruby and give you a sandbox to play around in.(FREE) Ruby language
Code School Course; website Learn all the major computer science language in four paths through 30 courses and 1,700 coding challenges. Many at no cost. $29/month. Javascript, Ruby, HTML/CSS, iOS
Rails for Zombies Course; website Rails for Zombies is a free online course that provides you five labs, each with a short video followed by a series of exercises where you get to code Rails immediately in your browser. (FREE) Web application development
Flappy Bird Course; tutorial Hosted by Hour of Code, writing your own custom version of the game Flappy Bird! (FREE) App development; video gaming
Intro to the Art of Computer Science #1 Course K-8 level course with 15-25 hours of lesson plans and modules to teach computer science. Concepts include: computational thinking, algorithms, functions, conditionals, abstraction, relay programming, and more.(FREE) Programming, computational thinking

 

Popular Research

These are some of the most interesting guides, case studies, and working projects in the intersection of computer science, education, community development (especially for youth).

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
Case study on community information Research A reading on how communities have turned their data needs challenges into impactful projects. Compiled by the Knight Foundation.
Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby Research A fun, lively read about the peculiar aspects of Ruby. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails
Learning Rails: Live Edition Research Unlike most Rails books, Learning Rails is for web developers, and not for programmers. Rather than begin with the inner layers of a Rails web application — the models and controllers — this book approaches Rails development from the outer layer: the view side of an application. You’ll start from the foundations of the Web you already know, and learn how to create something visible with Rails before reaching the more difficult database models and controller code. Each chapter includes exercises and review questions so you can test your understanding as you go. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails

Tutorials and Games

Here are some fun, accessible games to learn programming and computer languages.

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
Made with Code Tutorials Initiated by Google, this online project-based community aims to inspire girls to explore fun, beautiful ideas with code programming at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Features mentors and online community forum.
Lightbot Tutorials Learn core programming logic, starting from super-basic programming, for ages 4+, on iOS or Android (or Web browser) . Learn how to sequence commands, identify patterns, use procedures, and utilize loops! Targeted toward children ages 4 and up. (FREE) iOS, Android programming
MIT AppInventor Tutorials Entertaining, quick video tutorials walk you through building three simple apps for your Android phone or tablet. Designed for novices and experts alike, this hour of code will get you ready to start building your own apps before you know it. Imagine sharing your own app creations with your friends! These activities are suitable for individuals and for teachers leading classes. (FREE) Android programming
Scratch Website; tutorials With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Project of MIT Media Lab. (FREE) Video gaming
Tynker Tutorials Designed to motivate and inspire kids to bring their creative ideas to life.Kids create their own games, animated stories, and projects, and publish their apps for the web. ($50/course) Video gaming

Workshops

Here are some of the best workshops for students, teachers, and educators to learn about coding around the country.

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
LEAD Computer Science Institute (LEAD-CSI) Workshop This program exposes middle and high school students from diverse communities to colleges and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Various in computer science
Google Science Fair  Workshop The Google Science Fair is a global competition open to 13-18 olds. Students submit a project online for a chance to win amazing prizes. Various
Google High School Symposium Workshop This is a one day program designed to provide high-achieving high school seniors with valuable business skills before starting college. Technology business skills

 

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