40,000 learn to code online

Michael Walmsley [left of laptop]
FAMILY AFFAIR: Michael Walmsley [left of laptop] has developed online computer programming and web building courses, his siblings testing the product for him.
Thousands of New Zealand and UK school children are learning to write computer programs and build websites thanks to the efforts of a Waikato University student.
Michael Walmsley, 27, has developed the online Javascript and HTML/CSS courses to follow recently released NCEA standards which will have the discipline taught in New Zealand schools.
He has had 40,000 students sign up since he launched the website, codeavengers.com, in September.
Mr Walmsley, who completed his computer science degree at the university in 2008 and is now near the end of his PhD, developed the courses to encourage his younger siblings, who he tested them on before releasing them for general use.
In the first Javascript lesson, for example, students are shown how to write code to display a pop up box with a greeting.
He tailored them to the New Zealand syllabus because while there were resources available there was little for the New Zealand syllabus.
Full Text: 40,000 sign up for online learning – technology | Stuff.co.nz.

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