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Coding

Coding or computer programming can be done by interested students working on their own. Students in computer classes such as ECDL in Transition Year may be facilitated to learn how to code as long as they have completed their work on a particular module. In some second year computer classes there are opportunities for coding also.

Anyone interested in coding should visit the Google calltocode website: www.calltocode.ie

Call to Code

Google have set up the calltocode website which allows interested students to learn programming in a variety of different programming languages, e.g. java, javascript etc. as well as languages used for web design including html. These can be accessed from the calltocode website under Resources. These resources are self taugh guides to programming and software design. Some are code based while others use a graphical interface which is quite user friendly for beginners. There are possibilities to develop games and even design clothing and action for on screen characters, specifically aimed at girls.

Every year Google run the Call to Code competition which students register for and then enter online on a particular day. They then have a limited time to solve various logical and programming based problems.

In 2015 the date for round 1 is the 25th November 2015. Students who do well qualiy for the final rounds in Google headquarters in Dublin.

Teachers must first register on the website and then allow their students to register themselves. Registration is fairly quick and easy. Teachers need the school roll number. Students need to have or obtain a gmail address in advance. Then they need parental consent before Google contact them directly which will allow them to take part in the competition.

Good luck to all our students in 2015!

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