A computer coding course that’s perfect for absolute beginners
Experienced trainer Ian Miller will teach you the basics of computer coding using the free online software Scratch. Scratch is a drag and drop environment that lets you create programs without having to learn the rules of a specific programming language. Then discover other free resources to help you learn how to write code.
People respond in many ways to the opportunities coding opens for them; some are intrigued by problem solving and enjoying finding out how computer games work, some pursue the animation and storytelling possibilities in Scratch, some enjoy the graphics effects that can be coded – with a little maths. Ultimately they all enjoy creating a “product”. This computing and IT based course combines team work, problem solving as well as technical knowledge. Enjoy being creative as you learn!
- An introduction to basic coding terminology
- A tour of the Scratch user interface
- How to use a sequence, repetition and branching commands.
- An understanding of conditions, decisions, variables, operators and random numbers.
- Create and develop simple animations, graphics and games.
- Discover free online resources for ongoing learning of other written languages such as Python.
This course is based around the free online software Scratch. If you would like to get more information about the software and perhaps sign up in advance for a free account, check out the Scratch website.
- An understanding of the basics of computer coding
- Improved IT knowledge and capability
- The confidence to continue learning
What should I bring along on the day?
Please bring along a pen and paper if you wish to take additional notes, and a USB stick for saving any work.
Who is this course for?
This course is perfect for people who are interested in exploring computer based coding but have no idea where to begin. It’s also fantastic for parents whose children are being introduced to coding and wish to understand it further to support them, and possibly even primary school teachers who may wish to incorporate it into their class in a way that is both highly accessible and appealing to younger students.
Basic computer skills are neccessary (ie the ability to navigate around a Windows or MAC environment)
About the trainer: Ian Miller
I enjoy learning, there I’ve admitted it. For more than 30 years teaching in London I have been learning about computer hardware and software, then successfully introducing what I’ve learned to people of all ages. I taught teenagers following academic and vocational courses and adults on Open University degree courses, I devised and delivered short courses in 2D and 3D graphics, modelling and animation, app design and coding at London’s longest running adult education college. I also supported teachers to make good use of new technologies for teaching and learning in the classroom.
I currently teach Scratch coding in after school sessions for Melbourne primary school pupils and I know that learning to code with Scratch can unlock creativity as well as giving valuable insights into how computers work. I hope you will join me to find out for yourself.