Learning Code with Santa

Are we all feeling festive?!

Santa Tracker - Learn Code!
Santa Tracker – Learn Code!

I am a sucker for all things Christmas and Santa related so what could be better than some online learning with Santa’s help?

As someone of a certain age whose entire coding experience at school was on a BBC Micro and involved 10 Print Hello 20 goto 10, and bar some html hasn’t much progressed beyond that, I couldn’t help but go to Google’s Santa Tracker and click on the Learn Code Lab section. I feel like I have missed the coding train so am always trying to learn a little more.

It is so exciting to see the many varied ways children (and the young at heart) can learn about coding online today, often in the forms of games. I’ve been playing (and learning!) moving Santa to the presents. What I love about this in particular is how clean and intuitive the interface is. No written instructions, a very simple show and do style with drag and drop. Bright and colourful, with the view code option optional and great feedback on how you can make the same moves with less code/blocks – presented in such a way that it does feel like ‘you got that wrong’ but an encouraging ‘hey, you know you could that with just two blocks’ really tipping your interest.

I find it very endearing and imagine children will whizz through it without even realising the knowledge they are soaking up like sponges.

I can’t wait to Code a Snowflake!

Welcome!

Where to start? HOW to start? Aren’t those questions that plague us all?!

Let me introduce myself. I am Rebecca and for the last 5 and a half years I have worked in corporate learning, created e-learning and studied via e-learning. Indeed as far back as 1998 I completed my MSc in Sociology of Sport and Sports Management, which in those days included very large files and books through the post and video cassettes!

Now, I am embarking on my MA in Online and Distance Education as I want to put what I have learnt so far in my worklife to the test, increase my horizons and become a better practitioner and innovator.

With all that in mind, I have decided to start this blog where I can share and keep track of news, information and resources that I find useful in my journey but also share my thoughts, worries, concerns and moments of downright confusion because isn’t it easier with support?!

So I hope you will join me, find my insights useful and I welcome your support and input too!

Though this blog will feature news, views and musings on e-learning and online/distance education I will also be putting some personal musings and everyday nonsense up to as I believe it is important that we approach this very subject as a whole with our life and isn’t it better when we all get to know one another?

Rebecca