Summer code learning can still be fun’ get motivated!

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It’s summer and if you went to a traditional school in the U.S., you spent the whole school year waiting for summer break. Then after 13 years of conditioning, you were thrown into a cold dark place, a reality of work life that required you to work 8 hour shifts and maybe 1-2 weeks of vacation. Or if you were fortunate enough to go to college, you got an additional 4 years to put off reality of a 9-5 life and still get summer unless you had a plan to finish college in three years like some and kept going to summer school. No matter what you chose, college life was still a nice break from reality because you weren’t stuck with classmates and teachers for longer than 16 weeks in most cases. Unlike the 9-5 which unless you take a temp job, a job asked for a life commitment of the same bosses and coworkers until one of you screamed ‘uncle’ with your arm twisted behind your back looking for the next big opportunity.

Or maybe you really like your job but there’s always that sick feeling you could always be replaced by someone with better credentials or cheaper labor or better yet, a machine.

That’s part of why I’m learning to code, so I have something more I can contribute to my job and I can have additional skills should I get that call to my local HR where they call you into a room and give you the big thank you for your service talk, but we have to let you go. Or a family or other situation could arise which may make life easier to work from home to help care for family. Or your spouse gets transferred, or, or, or.

Right now life is ok. I believe it’s best to be prepared and I’ve always wanted to learn more coding than I have gotten by with with simple WordPress websites and database work. Even when I’m not learning from a site or have no internet I listen to audio books, classes or get this, read a book! I love learning lots of things, but even if you’re not naturally curious you need to write down your motivations for learning to code so you can keep moving forward. Of course somedays I’m mentally beat so playing a game of Code Combat is always fun and challenging while still learning to code.

So, no excuses, keep learning to code!

Hour of Code: Can your kids get a coding job after playing video games?

It’s the Fourth of July in America and while most people are prepping for their annual picnic, bbq and fireworks – we’re just lazily waiting for the time to leave to join friends for a get together. (I cooked and prepped all yesterday so I’m good.)

angry birds codingAnyway, I’ve been lazy this past week and need to keep learning code so I’m turning to Hour of Code from Code Studio, which has fun ways to teach beginners at any age to learn to code. Sure it’s easier than taking some of the other code courses online but if you’re having a “slow brain” day and you want to keep the momentum of learning – take a mental break and do one of these tutorials. It’s fun, not very hard on the head and a good way for your kids to get involved in the process of learning.

By the way, how many hours does your kids sit and watch TV or play games on their electronic devices? Which is better, have your kids play mindless games with no results at the end? Or to have them learn that what they love doing (playing games) can teach them the building blocks of coding? Well, I’ll speak for myself, I like to keep moving forward so this makes for a good blog post too.

If you (or kids) don’t want to read the instructions there are short videos to watch of people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates giving you info. Did you know that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer jobs and not enough people trained in computer science or programming? That gives more people without a CS degree but with experience an opportunity to get into the field of coding. Go on, give it a try, if anything it will help you think differently about what goes on behind your smart phone and that tablet them young’ins keep playing with. #