This week’s Top Ten Learnist boards are dedicated to the theme of coding, web design, and all things technical. There is a conversation ensuing between educators, policy makers, and industry leaders about the importance of teaching students coding and web design to prepare them for 21st century careers and entrepreneurship. Some are saying this is part of the Common Core Standards in technology, while others insist it’s actually another literacy, and should be treated as such.
This week’s boards contain a special treat–Learnist is partnering with Udemy, the online university, to bring you some of these featured boards. You can enjoy the Learnist boards at any time. Then you can commit to a deeper study of coding and web design by taking a Udemy course.
Udemy Course: How to Become a Web Developer from Scratch
Web design is career path that is exploding, with experts projecting an increase in demand at least through the year 2030. If you, your children, or your students learn some web design, you will be ready to conquer the future. With six-figure starting salaries and the best companies in New York, Boston, and Silicon Valley fighting for the brightest web designers, this is a skill worth considering.
Introduction to Computer Science at Stanford: Programming Methodology
Daedalus Seed assembles learnings about this prestigious Stanford program, including an introductory lecture by Professor Sahami and course requirements for submitting online work. This will give you a taste of blended learning at one of the nation’s elite universities–one that is driving trends in education–and also some thoughts on computer science.
10 Ways You Can Learn How to Code Online
Technology expert Kyle Pearce is passionate about self-directed learning. In this Learnist board, he assembles ten excellent resources for starting to learn coding online. Many of these resources are free. As a classroom teacher, I have used some of them to guide and direct my students interested in coding and web development as an independent study of sorts. This is a good Learnist board for teachers, students, and lifetime learners.
Udemy Course: Ruby for Beginners
Ruby is a hot language. I recently had a conversation with Learnist’s David Marino, one of the best hiring managers in Silicon Valley, telling me he needed web designers with Ruby knowledge. Ruby allows you to save some serious time, and thus developers with Ruby and Ruby on Rails are sought-after. This board has Ruby information and resources, as well as a link to Udemy course is taught by Huw Collingbourne, an expert Ruby instructor.
How To Be a Web Designer When You Think Like an Engineer
What’s the difference between the two, anyway? This board discusses the design aspect and production aspects of bringing web projects to life. Both designers and engineers work together to create the look, feel, and usability of the sites you use daily and often take for granted. In this 21st century economy, you may discover have a talent for design or engineering–use Johnnie Munger’s Learnist board to find out.
Udemy Course: Web Development Certification
You say you’ve decided to put some serious time into learning coding and web design? It will be a plus to get certified. This Learnist board has links to various coding resources, including a Udemy course that will get you your entry-level certification in Web Development.
This board is fantastic–the Common Core State Standards for skill and proficiency-based teaching rely on informational and instructional texts. This requires a shift in paradigm in how we teach and approach writing. There are different styles of writing for different purposes, of course, but web writing is an extremely employable skill. Bethany Silvestri’s Learnist board is will show you how to analyze elements of good web reading in order to teach good web writing.
Udemy Course: Build, Design, Edit Custom WordPress Themes with Dreamweaver
Much of what we read online these days is in the format of blogs. Blogs are industry standard for companies, news broadcasters, politicians and prominent individuals creating their online presence. No longer are blogs a bunch of people journaling online. Blogging and search engine optimization (SEO) are becoming profitable careers. This Learnist board is dedicated to learning Dreamweaver, which supports one of the largest and most powerful blogging platforms, WordPress.
8 TED Talks on Open Source
Grockit and Learnist founder Farb Nivi assembled this collection of his favorite TEDx talks on open source development and data sharing. These talks will show you the ways shared code and data are revolutionizing the way people create, collaborate, and apply information to real-world problems. Engineers, geospatial experts and scientific researchers work across-disciplines on projects, using open-source data to innovate solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. If you haven’t followed Farb in the past, his passions–social learning, entrepreneurship, and innovation–will inspire you. He will be moderating the #LearnTalk Twitter Chat on Monday, February 25th, at 8PM where he will answer questions on several topics relating to his experience as an award-winning educator and as one of Silicon Valley’s most successful ed-tech entrepreneurs.
The History and Growth of Computing
Learnist’s own Rusty Grieff, a great lover of history, has assembled this board showing the origins of computing, chronicling the industry from its birth to present. When you stop to take a look at this Learnist board, you realize how incredible our modern world really is, and how innovation has changed history in our lifetime.