It is a festive season and for most of the people around the world, they’ve decided that for this whole month, they will rest and reflect on the chances and misses that they went through in 2016. Nearly all students and pupils will be staying at home for probably a month with minimal chances of taking part in any activity besides play and going out.
Many, be it parents or students do find it hard to study other subjects apart from learning new skills such as computer skills. This is also backed up by the fact that close to 90% of parents want their children to learn about computers and have access to coding skills yet less than 40% of schools provide such programs and sadly, non can offer computer science lessons for free. Parents believe it will go a long way in preparing them for the challenges associated with today’s tech-fueled world.
During a past interview, Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs said that everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches one on how to think. President Obama also urged everyone to learn coding skills through a famous phrase ‘Don’t just play on your phone – Program it’. According to Tech news across the world, the presence of software is leading to the automation of all kinds of routine jobs thereby creating a need for everyone to learn the basics of coding. For instance, coding teaches one an interactive way of solving problems and testing out ideas. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also believes that coding is the new super power that is not being taught in schools. It is also important to note that coding can make one earn more than $100,000 a year!
Getting Started with Minecraft Hour of Code Designer Tool
Thanks to Code.org, a non profit organization and Microsoft, everybody in the world interested in learning coding and basic computer science can now do so and free of charge!
Tech giants Microsoft Corp in collaboration with Code.org and Computer Science Education Week organizers have unveiled the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a free coding tutorial for parents, students, educators and any other person with an interest in learning basic skills in computer science. Unlike in schools where one is required to go through a four year program, Minecraft Hour of Code Designer Tutorial helps one acquire important coding concepts in an Hour!
The tutorial is part of Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code Campaign’ an annual global campaign held during Computer Science Education Week, which this year took place between December (5 – 11)th. This event is held annually in commemoration of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hoper (December 9, 1906). The campaign has had an impact in the lives of more than 360 Million people in the world in the past years.
The Minecraft Hour of Code Designer tool offers simple introductory lessons to everybody interested in computers and either do or does not have access to formal training. The sessions organized according to age and experience is available in 45 languages. The tutorial offers coding tasks that include solving a problem for Disney’s daring teenager Moana, taking Alex or Steve on an adventure through a Minecraft world, or building a Star Wars Galaxy.
Since the launch of Hour of code campaign in 2013, Celebrities like Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams and President Barack Obama have participated in the program.
Click http://code.org/minecraft to access the free Minecraft Hour of code Designer Tools and learn how to code in an Hour!
To follow this event on social media and learn more about it, check out the Hashtags #HourOfCode and #YouthSpark