Learning Computer Code

In a recent CNN article Douglas Rushkoff wrote about the value of learning computer code.  We are living in a world that is increasingly being defined by computer programs. “Code is the stuff that makes computer programs work — the list of commands that tells a word processor, a website, a video game, or an airplane navigation system what to do.”

Computer code is a cornerstone of our information ecosystem. By learning to code we are developing an aspect of digital literacy and increasing our job prospects.

At CodeYear over 300,000 people, including New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have signed up to receive free interactive coding lessons each week from the web-based tutorial, Codeacademy.

Another way to way to learn computer coding is with the iPad app Codea. Codea is remarkable code editing app that lets you create interactive simulations, games and just about any visual ideas you have.

“If you know how to code,” in Rushkoff’s words, “you can get a high-paying job right now, or make valuable stuff right now. You will understand more about how the world works, and become a participating member in the digital society unfolding before us.”

 

MIT Interactive Simulation Tools

The MIT Sloan School of Management offers a variety of free interactive management simulation tools designed to help students learn about commodity pricing, the solar photovoltaic industry, sustainability issues, and the video game industry. These simulators have participants leading the respective industries. The goal of all simulations is to bring an experiential aspect to learning about complex systems.  Sloan Professors state that these simulations have more impact than simply listening to lectures or engaging in a case study discussion because these tools require applying knowledge in a dynamic environment.