A few years ago my colleague said via a tweet, "You are never too old to learn a new language. Why not learn to code so you can communicate better with computers." It made me stop and think for a minute. I was always focused on improving my second language (French) but never really thought of coding as language. I worked in Information Technology for five years, but never had learned to code.
So I decided to jump in with both feet. The Code Mobile was travelling across the country and I decided to attend their event. The Code Mobile is a van that travels across Canada bringing hands-on, interactive technology education to youth and adults across Canada. It's mission is to ensure that all Canadians — particularly women and youth — have access to these learning opportunities. I had a really great experience at the event and learned the basics of HTML and CSS.
I started doing self-study and watched youtube videos and did some courses on Code Academy. Later that year the PEI Chapter of Ladies Learning Code was established. Since I knew the basics I volunteered to mentor at several events such as:
-National Learn to Code Day: Interactive Stories & Game Making with HTML & CSS
-National Girls Learning Code Day: Gamemaking with Scratch
-Getting started with WordPress & Blogging
-Girls Learning Code: Web Making with HTML & CSS
-National Girls Learning Code Day : Animating & Storytelling with Scratch
A few years later Ladies Learning Code re-branded under Canada Learning Code (Canada Learning Code designs, delivers, and partners on technology education for Canadians), and they hosted a full week in June dedicated to learning. I got to be an instructor for three offerings that week:
-Canada Learning Code: "Canadarm2" Kids Learning Code (Charlottetown)
-Canada Learning Code: "Doodle for Google Canada" Kids Learning Code (offered in Summerside and Montague)
Looking back, I am thrilled to see my progress over a few years, from completely new to coding, with some hard work and effort, delivering three coding workshops. It is amazing what can be accomplished if you put your mind to something and have the drive to achieve your goals. Anything is possible.
I would love to hear what languages you have learned, and what has been your learning journey to become proficient. Thanks in advance for sharing :)
Jodi LeBlancCommunity Leader
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