Coding and web design are increasingly standard expectations for real information literacy. And with all the great resources available here, there is no reason we can not all build up some skills!
Test out some of these resources, and share them with your patrons. (Try some coding with Scratch – the graphics are fun!)
Resources for Kids/YAs (and kids of all ages!)
- Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and made possible through the support of Google Inc.The project focuses on the foundational idea that libraries are core organizations that are able to expose youth to:
- Computational thinking through coding;
- Learning that can positively influence youth and their community’s perceptions of who can code;
- Librarians that can connect coding to youth interests opening pathways for youth to pursue computer science education;
- Coding activities that promote computational thinking wherever they have opportunities to learn.
- Scratch: With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
- Black Girls Code: By launching Black Girls Code, I hope to provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.
- Girls Who Code: By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%. We’re a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.
- Bloxels:Meet Bloxels, a first of its kind technology that enables you to build, capture, design, play and share your very own video games. Designed with blocks, a universal element of childhood play, Bloxels cultivates imagination while encouraging discovery and experimentation. With Bloxels, you can realize your own video game ideas, build and animate original characters, develop villains, add in power-ups, and more – all done directly with the Bloxels Game Builder Starter Kit and then activated with the FREE Bloxels Builder App and your mobile device.
Learning to Code for All
- Lynda.com: Check to see if your library gives you a subscription! “Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.”
- CodeAcademy:Codecademy is an education company. But not one in the way you might think. We’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future.
- Treehouse: Treehouse brings affordable technology education to people everywhere in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world.
- Learn to Code: The best way to learn web development is by building something that interests you. As you develop coding skills, you will understand what is possible and that will inspire you to create your own project. By applying your skills on an interesting project, you will enjoy the learning process more and learn at a faster pace. So start working on your own project as soon as possible while continuing to gain more skills by following this road map.
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