10 Places Where College Students Can Learn Code

February 7th, 2017

BY JANE HURST

If you are in college studying about web design and development, you are going to need to learn code. No matter how long you try to avoid it, learning code is inevitable, and it is necessary if you want to get into this line of work. But, you may not be able to get all of the training you need with your college courses, and will need to look outside of your school for places to learn code. The Internet is the best place to begin your search, and there are loads of great sites where you can get the training you need. Here are our top 10 picks.

 

  1. Codecademy – If you are new to the world of coding, this is a great place to start. This platform lets you learn interactively, so you are reading and typing code, seeing immediate results. There are many topics you can choose from, including HTML & CSS, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Angularis, The Command Line, and many more.
  2. Marksheet.io – Here is another great learning tool for beginners. It is broken into four chapters, HTML5, CSS3, the web, and Sass. This is a lot like an e-book, but it is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This means that you can use it to learn what you need.
  3. Tech Camp – Students who are still in high school can prepare for college and learn code at one of the Vision Tech Camps. This is the San Francisco Bay area’s top tech summer camp, with learning opportunities that are science and math-based. Students can take part in the Programming Camp, where they will learn Java, C, Python, C#, and C++. Learning is fun, because students apply what they are learning to create video games, robots, and more.
  4. The Odin Project – The creators of Viking Code School have created this coding boot camp. This is actually the free version, and you have the option to work on your own, with others in-person, or in online study groups. The topics you will learn include HTML, CSS, JavaScript & jQuery, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails.
  5. Free Code Camp – First you will learn coding via a common curriculum. Then, you will get hands-on experience with coding, working on a variety of projects for nonprofit organizations. Not only do you get to learn for free, you get to give back by working with nonprofits. You will learn HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, Databases, DevTools, Node.js, React.js, and D3.js.
  6. Skillcrush’s Coding Bootcamp – This free coding boot camp is perfect for those who are new to coding. You will learn all about working in tech, and get definitions of industry lingo that you can actually understand. You will also have the opportunity to create your first lines of code and get your feet wet.
  7. The Code Player – Here you will find a large collection of video tutorials that will help you learn coding, inside and out. This is great if you are trying to learn smaller projects, and you can learn HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Regex, and JQuery.
  8. Coursera – These courses are free, and taught by actual university professors. If you want to prove that you have completed the training, you will need to pay for the Coursera Verified Certificate, which costs $30 to $100, depending on which course you are taking. There are also specialization courses, which you also have to pay for.
  9. Khan Academy – Whether you want to learn about coding, or anything else, you can learn it here. There are loads of computer programming courses, and there are even some courses geared for younger kids.
  10. Udemy – You can choose from both paid and free courses on many subjects, including web development, data science, and programming. Because these courses can be made by anyone, be sure to check out reviews to make sure that you are going to be getting the right training.

Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter

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