Friday, December 13, 2013

The lightbulb finally goes off

After Mr. Provenzano's speech to our class about the presentations, a lightbulb clicked on in my head. I decided that I am going to focus more on the coding aspect and not really the app. Although it would be very cool to make an app by myself, I think that is going to be a goal for a later time. It is more important for me to learn how to code because it is a tool that everyone should have in the 21st century. Coding has already become part of the curriculum in many different elementary schools and middle schools. Yet, there aren't any coding classes in Grosse Pointe. Coding is becoming the skill to have in order to succeed and in 10 years from now it is going to be a staple in every college application and a high school credit requirement. 

My goal for this project is not only to learn how to code but also show Grosse Pointe in my presentation how valuable this skill is. Coding should be built into every elementary school curriculum around the country. This will prepare children for the real world and help them succeed. Since It is growing so fast, it is better that the schools in GP start now rather than later and get ahead of the trend. Coding is a great skill to have and it can help you in other areas also. Not only is it useful, but it also stands out on a recommendation for college (not for long!). 

As for now I am just going to continue on...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Keep on keeping on

This week was pretty uneventful, I pretty much just kept on using the apps to learn how to code and get better. I used code academy and the CSS app. I still haven't found a coding meet up but I really want to find one. I was looking at CCS in Detroit to see if they had any type of coding classes or programming classes and I can't find one. I also have yet to figure out who the programming teacher here at South is. 

For the next couple of weeks I am just going to focus on learning how to code and gradually getting better. I am going to mainly use CodeAcademy because I think it is the most effective. Lightbot isn't really helping me because it is just moving the robot and not really teaching me how to code. I don't think it's practical for actually teaching me how to create an app. This is going to be a long process, but hopefully it will be successful. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Learning Process

Over break, I did a little work on my project. Pretty much I just continued using the apps to learn how to code. I am getting better at it, but I still need a lot more experience until I am ready to create the app. I a shooting for March to start actually using the coding skills I have learned to start building the app and hopefully have it completed when it comes time for the presentations. I want to talk to the programming and computer skills teacher here at South to see if he or she would be able to help mentor me during the course of this project. I think that will help me learn how to code quicker and give me someone to seek for guidance when I get stuck.

Regarding the coding meet ups/classes that I discussed last week, I am still looking at the meet up at the Atomic House. That seems to be one of the only coding classes I can find.There is one on CSS on December 7 which is next Saturday. I might go to this one, but I really want to find one that is closer and a little bit  more organized (mainly because the one at the Atomic House seems a little sketchy). For now I will keep looking for a class and continue learning how to code.

Code on!