If you have a question about HTML, you would like to get your website online or any other technical query join us over at Google Groups and post a question!
We had a great session last Wednesday night, we are starting to see some great websites pop up around the class. If you would like to review your code or catch up, download the following zip file of Sample Code from the session. We ran out of time last Wednesday, so this week we are continuing where we left off. If you have any questions from last week don’t be afraid to ask our mentors!!
Cya Wednesday at 630pm!
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab — it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them.
At our first session at CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire we covered an introduction to HTML/CSS. Here’s a list of great online resources to help improve your coding skills and to help you tackle more advanced tasks.
- https://kuler.adobe.com/ – helps you find cool colours to use in your webpage
- http://w3schools.com/ – learn a wide range of programming skills
- http://www.codecademy.com – programming courses and exercises, earn badges + more
- http://www.colorzilla.com/gradient-editor/ – create cool gradients for your buttons and menus easily
- http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ – great articles on coding and design
- http://styleboost.com/ – design inspiration for your website
- https://thimble.webmaker.org/en-US/ – Write/Edit HTML and CSS in your browser
- http://wireframe.cc/ – Create wireframes to help plan your website
- http://jqueryui.com/ – Add custom interactions, plugins and widgets to your site
- http://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/custom_themes – Create a custom theme for a tumblr blog
Thanks to everyone for coming on our opening night – we had a great time and hope all you founder members did too, learned something and maybe got a taste for coding! Thanks too to all the parents and volunteers who got stuck in to make it all happen.
If you want to review the material we covered on the first night you can download it here Session1-html Material, you’ll find code samples, images and the presentation slides within.
Next week we’ll be doing a follow on session on HTML. You should then be able to make your own website so have a think what you might want it to be about.
After that, we really want to know what you want to do. We may do a different type of coding, split up into groups, some on HTML, some not, whatever works. We’re here to help you learn a new skill and, more importantly, build something cool – you get to decide what it is!
If you want to try learning the next bits of HTML yourselves, there’s tons of stuff on the web (it is what the web is made of, after all). Good starting places are http://www.w3schools.com/html and http://www.codecademy.com/
To keep in touch, join the mailing list on Google Groups. This will be a good place for us to make announcements but also for group discussion and asking questions. http://groups.google.com/
Hope to see you all next week. Remember to charge up fully before you come and the one Coder Dojo rule: Above All, Be Cool
The Coder Dojo Dun Laoghaire Team
We launched on Wednesday 23 January and would be happy to hear from anyone with coding skills who is interested in mentoring.
CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire is based in IADT and happens on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.
Advance booking required – contact us for details.
Have you a question? Get in touch.
Do you know any young people interested in learning to code? For free?! Let them know about us. One rule only – Above All: Be Cool
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