Learn new digital skills with these coding resources

Code is shaping the way we live – each and every interaction between humans and devices is governed by it! Whether you want to be a fashion blogger, social entrepreneur or journalist, mastering the new language in Europe – coding and computational thinking – will set you up for the next top jobs in Europe! There are around 2 million job vacancies currently in the EU, and the number of digital jobs is growing by more than 100,000 per year.

Why not learn some new digital skills that could help impact your future? Coding doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few resources that can help you get started. Have fun!

“The Hour of Code helps students discover the fun of coding and more importantly, how it can be a catalyst to create and achieve great things” – Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

Microsoft firmly supports the Hour of Code because we believe that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. The code.org platform allows every young person to learn the basic concepts of computer science and try their hand at coding.

Kodu lets people with no coding background create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills. Visit www.kodugamelab.com.

It puts the “fun” back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases both kids and adults into the world of programming. Visit http://smallbasic.com

This resource lets you create apps on the iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, Windows Phone. Our touch-friendly editor makes coding fun, even on your phone or tablet! Visit www.touchdevelop.com.

Project Spark is a “game maker” video game for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is special for its core ability to customize the games and let players tell more individual stories. Visit www.projectspark.com.

The European AppCup is a competition dedicated to start-ups and individuals who develop apps. The Appcup givesEuropean students and youth an opportunity to compete with their own Windows apps in consumer, business or City Next categories. Check out more on http://www.appcup.eu


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