One woman who plans to teach a million how to code

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Article By Heather Wood Rudolph

Alaina Percival never envisioned a career in technology. But after a successful career in marketing and brand management that took her around the world, the 34-year-old quit her job, learned to code, and changed careers. Today she runs Women Who Code, a nonprofit mentoring and education group focused on increasing the number of women in all areas of the technology industry. Percival talks to Cosmopolitan.com about feeling the gender gap in tech and the importance of a good challenge.

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Coding schools may solve the tech talent shortage

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DaVinci Coders in Louisville, Colorado

Coding schools provide an intriguing and relatively new option for providing talent in emerging technologies. People from all walks of life are given an intensive series of classes in programming, generally over the course of several weeks to six months. The schools provide a solid foundation of software development skills.

 

 

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Want to do something with your liberal arts degree? Try coding!

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Don’t rule out coding because you didn’t study programming in college. DaVinci Coders has a new class starting September 22nd. Start the application process NOW to see if this is then next step towards your future. Read on…

With a rising demand for coding skills in the job market, technical know-how has become one of the most sought-after resume-builders. And as the story of fifth-grader Nick Wald in Wednesday’s Journal showed, those who want to learn have a variety of new options. Even Nancy Pelosi has gotten in on the act.

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‘Hello Ruby’ – a children’s book that teaches programming to 4 – 7 year olds

Finnish programmer Linda Liukas had a major crush on Al Gore as a teenager. She wanted to share her passion for the then-vice president with a fan page. She didn’t have the pre-made templates that Tumblr and WordPress now place at our fingertips so built a site from scratch by teaching herself HTML and CSS.

 

 

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The library of the future is Chattanooga’s public library

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The Chattanooga public library’s fourth floor.

Forget what you know about the library of the 20th century. The library as a warehouse of information is an outdated concept. The library of the 21st century is a community workshop, a hub filled with the tools of the knowledge economy.

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Where to Start in Learning How to Code

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Computer science is a booming industry in the US — and it pays extremely well. There’s always demand for sharp, talented engineers, which is why learning how to code can seem like an attractive option.

But, as is the case with any new skill, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few steps you should take early on and programming languages that are best-suited for beginners.

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Hour of Code initiative hopes to spark students’ interest in computer programming

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The goal of this year’s Computer Science Education Week (CSEW) initiative “Hour of Code” to encourage students to try coding for an hour. CSEW has been going on since 2009, but this year nonprofit Code.org took over and put the focus on getting kids interested in computer science. President Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and Mark Zuckerberg are among the nonprofits’ recruits that are advocating to kids to spend one hour this week learning code, in hopes of spurring interest in a future increasingly interconnected with computer literacy.

 

 

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Elementary school students in Finland to learn coding

Teaching programming is part of an effort to encourage the development of tech skills at an early age.

In the near future, elementary school students in Finland could be adding coding and programming to their nightly homework routine. Following in the footsteps of neighboring country Estonia, Alexander Stubb,  the Finnish Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade, says that teaching basic programming skills to young kids in the classroom is on the country’s radar.

 

 

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Coding is a privilege which is not available to most Americans: Code.org creators

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A video on coding education trended higher on February 26th than the video of Jennifer Lawrence’s adorable fall at the Oscars. The short YouTube film, dubbed “What most schools don’t teach,” features interviews with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. The goal, according to the video’s creator Hadi Partovi, is to make coding seem cool to kids.

 

 

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