Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 10, 2014
For individuals who may not know where to start when trying to learn to develop and design for the web, the options can be daunting. In Charlotte, North Carolina, one can now learn how with a public library card.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library now offers access to Treehouse™, an online video and interactive learning platform that teaches people how to design and develop websites and mobile apps. Classes include coding languages like HTML, CSS, PHP, and Ruby, as well as creating iPhone and Android apps.
"We wanted to add an experience for our community that had tangible learning benefits for the world today," explains Linda Raymond, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Associate Director of Access and Organization Initiatives. “It’s a given that technology skills will be required as we progress through the 21st century. Ultimately, our goal is to make learning about technology as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.”
Leaders and trendsetters agree more people should learn to code. Steve Jobs was an advocate for expanding this skill to more individuals. “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Statistically the U.S. lags behind many other developed nations in cultivating "coding literacy." In China, every student learns computer programming. In the U.S., less than 5%. (Source: Code.org)
Learning is project-based, so participants learn by doing. Projects are taught through a combination of short videos, code challenges, and quizzes to maximize engagement.
The addition of this service supports the newly articulated mission of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: to create a community of readers and empower individuals with free access to information and the universe of ideas. To learn more, visit http://www.cmlibrary.org/online/treehouse.asp.
About the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library:
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is one of America’s leading urban public libraries, serving a community of nearly one million citizens in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Accessible and welcoming to all, the Library celebrates the joy of reading, fosters learning and growth, connects people to each other and the world, and inspires individuals with what they can achieve.