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Welcome to Coding Corner-this is a column about computing and coding. Written by Dan Aldred (@Dan_Aldred) who is well worth a follow on Twitter. Dan’s article is about useful online websites to help teachers and students start coding.

This week I want to share some useful coding and programming resources with you. Many online resources are available for students and teachers to access. Books can be expensive and are not as interactive as websites and don’t always cover what you want them to. Below are four useful and user friendly sites, which are suitable for most ability levels. Yr. 7 students and 6th form computing students all use these reference sites, as well as staff. Helping them to develop and further their skills and understanding.

Tutorials Point.

http://www.tutorialspoint.com/index.htm

An excellent reference resource for coding functions and terms. Covers most programming languages, from Web development, High level and Database. Provides you with the code and a brief explanation or example of how it can be used. Systematically ordered and starts from easy code progressing to more complex functions.

Java 2

Similar to Tutorial Point, another good reference guide for a variety of programming languages.

http://www.java2s.com

Small Basic

https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=27

A watered down version of Visual basic for younger students, puts the fun back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases students of all ages into the world of programming. (Lots of free teacher resources)

W3SCHHOOLS – HTML 5 Tutorial

http://www.w3schools.com/html/html5_intro.asp
References and tutorials for HTML 5. Includes online editor which splits the screen into two. One side allows you to code in HTML whilst the other displays the results of your code as a mock web page. Saves time having to play around with notepad and Browsers. Also includes Java and PHP functions for Webpages.

Please comment if you know of any other useful websites.

clip_image004Dan Aldred is a teacher of Computing and Head of IT. He is also a member of the school extended leadership team and teacher learning group.  He’s interested in how technology and software move learning forward.
He also has a very useful Scoop it page full of great links.
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