“If I were a French student and I were 10 years old, I think it would be more important to learn coding than English. I’m not telling people not to learn English—but this is a language that you can [use to] express yourself to 7 billion people in the world. I think coding should be required in every public school in the world,”
- Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
A coder is not a robot. Nor a cyborg or anything remotely “artificial”. He or she is most likely the person sitting next to you, your best friend or is your neighbour who is a clear thinker and writes code that is easily understood by the world. Here’s how you can begin:
Begin With The Basics
With over 45 million learners, Codecademy is a popular source to learn coding thanks to its simple to use interface and guidance for every level. Each course is about training your mind and learning to think differently, rather than just learning to make the next big app - helping you extend your learning to other subjects as well.
Play Till You’re A Pro
Learning something new is equal parts exciting and scary. Coding is no different since there is just so much to explore. You can begin by dedicating an hour with Code’s world-famous “Hour of Code” to see if it’s for you and practice while having loads of fun playing their games. Right from the classic Minecraft to making your own game - there’s something for everyone.
Code Your Very Own Creation
Scratch – an MIT Media Lab venture, is the go-to website for making your original stories, games, animations etc. come to life. Using the right amount of commands, you can create just about anything while learning the fundamentals of more advanced languages. In addition, there’s a whole community of coders online who share practical advice and give feedback on projects, too.
Anyone can learn to code, all you need is the right PC. In a couple of hours, you can pick up the basics and in a few weeks, you’ll be able to build beginner websites and apps. You could be on your way to becoming the next young achiever in the tech world!
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.