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Read This Before Signing Up for a Programming or Coding Course!

Read This Before Signing Up for a Programming or Coding Course! | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Programming courses are great, but which programming course should you choose to meet your needs and skill level? Here's how to make the right choice.
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Tips for those unsure if they really want to take a programming course..

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The top 7 programming languages to learn in 2018

The top 7 programming languages to learn in 2018 | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Software development is a dynamic field. New programming languages, frameworks and technologies can emerge, become popular, and then fade away in the course of a few years. Developers need to constantly be learning new skills to stay relevant.

 

There are many ways to measure a programming language’s popularity, but we believe examining job demand is most useful because it shows developers the skills to learn to improve their career prospects.

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Here’s the top three, in order from most to least in-demand by employers:
1) Java
2) Python
3) JavaScript 

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Educause: 7 Things You Should Know About Open-Source Projects

Educause: 7 Things You Should Know About Open-Source Projects | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Open-source projects engage a community of developers who collaborate and iterate to develop, grow, and improve software. 

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Educause just released "7 Things you should know about Open-Source projects" by leaders in the field: Ian Dolphin,  Douglas Johnson,  Laura Gekeler, and  Patrick Masson

 

Here's the link to the article: 

https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2017/8/eli7147.pdf

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Best Coding Tools for High School Students

Best Coding Tools for High School Students | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Coding is an invaluable literacy applicable to virtually any future career or field of study. These high school-level tools will help students build this essential 21st-century literacy by learning how code works and how to write code themselves. Once they're up to snuff, coding will give your students a new way to demonstrate knowledge and express themselves.

 

And teachers, take note: There are tools for those brand new to code as well as those looking for more of a challenge, so make sure to pick and choose to give every student a window into the world of programming. If you're looking to begin coding lessons in your classroom, check out our Teaching Strategies for how to Get Started With Coding in Your Classroom.

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Looks like some excellent web sites and apps for higher ed too!

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Canada Learning Code (using Scratch)

Canada Learning Code (using Scratch) | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Join thousands of Canadians across the country to teach beginner-friendly coding lessons in your community. No coding experience necessary.
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Lots of lesson plans, videos and teacher training on using Scratch and coding in the classroom

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Q&A: The Art of Coding (for teachers)

Q&A: The Art of Coding (for teachers) | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Two educators on how to make learning computer science less daunting and more fun for students—and their teachers.
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Nice article about how to help teachers feel comfortable with coding, too.

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Coding in the Classroom: 6 Tips to Get Even Reluctant Teachers—and Students—Started 

Coding in the Classroom: 6 Tips to Get Even Reluctant Teachers—and Students—Started  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
“I can barely fix a printer. If there is a non-tech way to do something, I will find it,” says Shanti Crawford, a teacher at P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry elementary school in Brooklyn, NY. Crawford may have never considered herself to be a "tech person," but she recognized the value of code and discove
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No, you don't have to be a techie or programmer to code in the classroom and online..

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Choosing Bootcamp

Choosing Bootcamp | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Spoiler alert: job placement and starting salaries don’t make the cut.  I am a coding bootcamp graduate gainfully employed in Silicon Valley. About two months after completing the immersive program where I learned programming, I was invited to be in a beta cohort ...

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What to watch out for, if you try a bootcamp-buyer beware!

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Coding Bootcamps: Here's What You Need to Know - InformED

Coding Bootcamps: Here's What You Need to Know - InformED | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
As many of today’s industries become increasingly reliant on the internet and other digital services, it’s no surprise that the rise in demand for skill in these areas has led to an increase in hype and interest in becoming a software developer. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has determined that the employment of software... Read More
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Excellent advice-Tryout something free like Code Academy  and talk to a recent grad to see if the boot camp money (lots of it) is worth it, and if you think you'll actually like programming!

 

One of my intro to HTML/CSS students first looked into a local coding bootcamp, and realized he couldn't learn what he needed to know in the short time the content was crammed into.  The community college course was online, longer (like he needed), and much less expensive.

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