‘’Education is broken. Come help us build the education the world deserves.’’


In a recent blogpost of (at least I can imagine) the most famous student of our year (‘First step to “speak” code? by gabriellapimpao), an argument was made that managers and programmers should aim to understand each other so that they can actually work together within organisations.

I thought about this very topic during the previous summer, being fully ignorant about the ‘world of coding’. I reached out to some of my friends, asking them for advice: ‘’How should I learn to code?’’ They advised me to have a try at Codecademy, which I would like to tell you some more about here.

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Codecadamy is an online interactive learning platform with over 25 million users. It provides free courses in various programming languages, including HTML & CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python & Ruby. For each language, there is a course in which you can learn the language step by step, in a very convenient and informative way. The learning material is partly co-created by the users their selves. For example, Codecadamy has an active forum community that is willing to help you out when you get stuck in your code (which happened to me, frequently).

What I find (most) inspiring about Codecadamy is the way they think about education. They acknowledge that learning to code may not be optimally done in classrooms. Instead, the founders (Zach Sims & Ryan Bubinski) felt that the skills required in the current working environment could be much more effectively and efficiently learned in alternative ways. According to Codecadamy themselves, they are ‘building the education the world needs’ by providing a learning environment that is net native. Thereby, Codecadamy provides individuals with a set of skills that are relevant out there, at this very moment.

Have you ever tried Codecademy? What is your opinion on such online learning sources, and are there any other sources you know of which may facilitate the learning process of coding?

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One response to “‘’Education is broken. Come help us build the education the world deserves.’’”

  1. charrels says :

    To start, I have never tried Codecademy before. This was the first time I heard of it. But I checked it out and I would suggest others to do that as well. Creating education outside the classroom is something that allows more development of the person in question. Outside of the box thinking can occur and you can fully focus on yourself rather than being part of a group where you need to consider others.
    Another good example is Scratch. It is designed especially for children. Betabit is a programming based company. It was founded by two former students of the Erasmus University, studying economy. They also had a great interest in programming whereas they started their own company. After a couple of years they discovered by means of their own children that young children are very fast in learning and eager for new things. They designed a programming version for children around which a kid of the age of 8 could use. The underlying methods of regular programming where actually the same, but the 8 year old was able to let a rocket fly and his father was able to design a new interface. In the end they did the same.
    I have tried it myself with some other students and it is harder than you think. But by trying to let a rocket fly instead of making changes in a CRM system, you acquire the same basic knowledge and with a younger looking user interface it will be more fun. No inside information of programming is needed here.

    https://scratch.mit.edu/users/betabit/
    https://www.codecademy.com/

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