I’ve been reading this subversive academic blog by Amanda Krauss called Worst Professor Ever. You can read her story on her blog in her own words, but essentially Kraus was a classics professor at Vanderbilt who fled to Austin when she started hating her job. She is extremely passionate about education and teaching, but is skeptical about the modern academy (who isn’t?). Not exactly light reading for a grad student, but, you know, “Question Everything” and all that.
ANYWAY, she recently had a cool post about Codecademy, which seeks to teach people how to code in the same way that Rosetta Stone wants to teach you Spanish: by applying skills right off the bat rather than teaching theory first, practical skills later.
I played around with it for a bit, and it’s really neat. It reminded me of when I taught myself HTML code back in junior high. I learned to do basic coding because I wanted to tweak the basic Geocities format, and then went from there. I never learned anything terribly advanced, mostly because my interest in techno-gadgets wanes pretty quickly, but with an online tutor such as Codecademy, I could be persuaded to expand my skill set.
Do you code? When and how did you learn?
Have a good weekend!