Archives for : September2012

Sharing profiles to build community

The Q&A forums have become a great source of community, support, and help for thousands of users over the past several months. We believe learning works better when there are others to help you when you’re stuck, explain tricky points in more detail, and inspire you to learn even more. And at any given moment, there are thousands of users learning right alongside you, and their profile pages help you get to know them better.

Your profile page is designed not only to help you show off your progress and display your accomplishments, but also to let others get to know you better. But curious users that follow forum links to profiles marked as private only get an error message and a heart full of disappointment.

So soon your profile will have two sharing options: visible only to Codecademy users, and visible to the entire web. The latter setting is useful if you want to share your progress with friends, family, and employers even if they’re not Codecademy users themselves.

If your profile is currently set to “private,” you have plenty of time to get your profile exactly the way you like it before it changes to “only Codecademy users.” Feel free to change the name that appears at the top of your profile by changing your Name or Username in your settings page. You can also include any links to your social media profiles like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

We hope these changes will improve your experience in the forums and help you get to know the users around you. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or feedback.

After-School Programming with Codecademy

Screen%20Shot%202012-09-11%20at%2010.17.02%20AM.png979x260

We at Codecademy think everyone should be exposed to programming and computer science—especially kids. This back-to-school season, Codecademy wants to help every school to start an after-school programming club—an easy way for kids to start learning the programming skills that formal education doesn’t yet provide. Programming is a fun and rewarding way to learn about the technology that surrounds us, and anyone can learn it. Programming will change the way kids think, fostering solid algorithmic thinking skills that will help them in a myriad of pursuits going forward.

Millions of students will go back to school this year to institutions that don’t have computer science programs. Great organizations like the Computer Science Teachers Association are working hard to make CS a part of high school and middle school curricula. Since launching Codecademy, we’ve seen teachers take things into their own hands, with hundreds of them using Codecademy in their classroom and starting clubs after school to expose their students to programming. Based on their feedback, we put together a simple kit for teachers (or students!) who want to start an after-school programming club at their school.

We wanted to make it as easy as possible for anyone to get started so we’ve included everything you need. No installing, no downloading, and no background in programming necessary (the kit comes with curriculum). Best of all, it’s completely free.

We worked with teachers across the world to put together a whole year of learning, starting students at the beginning and showing them the magic of programming through real projects in real programming languages. Kids love creating and customizing their code through our interactive interface. And when they’re done, they with web pages and projects that they have built themselves.

Exposing students to programming is one of the most important things we can do—and we can’t do it without teachers. That’s why we’re also launching the “teachers’ lounge” for teachers to share stories, ideas, and support among themselves. We’re excited to learn even more from the great teachers who are using Codecademy!

Have a wonderful start to the school year!