Jersey Coders is an on-island after-school coding club for teenagers, year 7+ (age 11+) The volunteer run club meets on a Wednesday evening in term time at the Hub.
Digital skills aren’t just about coding and there’s a great online site that’s been launched by the Duke of York. iDEA is all about learning and inspiring digital enterprise and youngsters can register for free and earn badges.
There are a huge number of coding courses/platforms and apps suitable for young learners and many of them are free. We’ve pulled together some of the best we’ve seen. The list isn’t exhaustive so if we’ve missed a great one let us know. Digital Jersey obviously doesn’t endorse these courses, but hopefully you can check them out, have some fun and learn to code:
From python and Java to Agile testing and digital marketing. Guru99 is a FREE online resource with introductory courses across a wide range of subjects. If you want a quick intro to various languages then this is a good place to start.
Swift is the programming language used to build iOS apps. Swift Playgrounds is an app for the IPad which teaches the basics of Swift in a fun and interactive way but doesn’t require any prior coding knowledge. FREE
Alice is a 3D programming tool which provides an easy to use environment designed to teach the basics of object oriented programming languages like C++. Drag and drop building blocks allow children to tell stories by creating games and animations. FREE
Blockly is Google’s next stage on from Scratch. It can output code in several different languages and uses the same drag and drop block technique of Scratch, while allowing you to see the code being used. FREE