This week, millions of adults and youth are “celebrating” learning to code by actually sitting down to learn some aspect of code for one hour. This event (known as Hour of Code) has gotten a lot of hype, which I think it deserves. As I was updating my apps today I noticed that, front and center in Apple’s App Store, was a featured section for apps and resources specifically geared to help parents and teachers learn/teach code. I had heard of Codeacademy (and the app was free), so that’s the one I tried.
Today, for work, I had the pleasure of watching a webinar on Connectedlearning.tv (also embedded above) where a panel of people heavily involved in making/coding/connected learning discussed the +/- of the “learning to code movement.” On the panel were some Writing Project folks (and friends of the Writing Project)—Mia Zamora, Joe Dillon, Doug Belshaw, and Mitch Resnick—and they had some really smart things to say about why learning to code is important.