To my pleasant surprise, Codeacademy was much less daunting than I expected it would be. I have a bunch of engineer friends, so I have a rough idea of what “coding” is and how tricky it can be. Needless to say, I was terrified going into my first coding lesson (especially because I accidentally clicked the wrong thing, which started me off building a website). Fortunately I found my way to HTML Basics and got started.
I learned all about tags and where to put them, in addition to more advanced (read: not very advanced, but I was proud of myself afterward) things like linking something to a picture. Everything was very step-by-step, which I appreciated, considering all this coding stuff is very new to me.
One thing I especially enjoyed about Codeacademy is that everything is in a gamified format. They give you badges and congratulate you after practically every step. It made me feel like I was doing a lot better than I thought I was. Also, because they take everything so slow, you really feel like you’re learning how to do things and eventually figure out that coding is a lot about repetition and structure.
That being said, I recognize that there’s a lot more to coding than I’ve accomplished with HTML Basics. So probs to Margot and Joe and whoever else is planning to code their own ePortfolio. I salute you.