Learning to code is really a vehicle to teach computational thinking skills. It can help you learn to problem solve, understand how to work through frustration, experience collaborating and communicating with others, and practice breaking processes down into smaller, manageable steps. Important life skills! There are a number of great free places to start playing with code so you can find the language(s) you enjoy….
WordPress powers 32% of the web and is famous for being free, open source software that users without any coding experience, as well as professional developers, can leverage to create amazing websites for themselves or their clients. It has a huge passionate community supporting it, and it is extendable and totally customizable, so your imagination is the limit. When I was preparing to teach my kids to code, I found a similar community feeling, open source energy, and creative explosion in Scratch! Here is why I love WordPress and Scratch, and why you should give Scratch a look if you have kids….
As you’ve started developing sites, have you come across the terms “local development environment” or “developing locally” and wondered what that means? Maybe you’ve been testing code on your live site, something didn’t work as expected, and in forums you’ve seen it suggested that local development is the way to go next time. Maybe you’ve heard of web companies getting into the local development game and wondered what all the buzz is about. Well, lucky for you I’ve written an explainer for Skillcrush all about it….