Codecademy

From its website

Codecademy is a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code. We’re determined to succeed in realizing our mission to turn a world of tech consumers into one of empowered builders.

Summary

The site offers modules or tracks to help people learn Javascript, Web Fundamentals, Python, Ruby, jQuery, Projects, and APIs. The website also mirrors the spirit behind the Women’s Learning Studio in three key ways.  It offers the opportunity for learners to build projects such as interactive websites, games, and applications TOGETHER.  Learning occurs in a fun, safe community setting for learners at all levels of accomplishment to stay MOTIVATED.  Learning progress is encouraged with points and badges that can lead to RECOGNITION onsite that may be used by the learner to rebrand himself/herself for potential employers, clients, and admission officers in other venues.

Coding skill  is becoming increasingly important as people yearn for or need their own domains online and must have the DIY skills to make the spaces affordable and sustainable.  Or to explain to a contractor more of what the design should be for a website, application, or game. For instance, knowing basic coding commands was an issue for Studio founders in setting up and maintaining this website.  Maybe one doesn’t need the skill  level of a Mark Zuckerman or Bill Gates as discussed in this blog post and video but having some HTML fundamentals can help make someone more self-reliant and better able to understand the language and craft behind websites and applications.  Additionally, knowing how to code “comes at a time tech executives warn of a new digital divide emerging between job-seekers who possess programming skills and those who do not.”  In short, Codecademy models the spirit of online learning to build your personal or professional portfolio.