FUNDING & GRANTS
GETTING STARTED WITH CODING
The CanCode program from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Canada will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017-18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12).
Among the funded initiatives was a project led by TakingIT Global, a Toronto-based non-profit, focusing on "coding to learn” not "learning to code". As part of their project, public and school libraries are entitled to free copies of the book Getting Started with Coding. The 120-page books are in a "For Dummies" style, are aimed at children 9 to 16, and are available in English and French. They have been customized for Canada with correct spelling, Canadian flags and photos and Terry Fox animations.
The coding app presented in the free book is MicroWorlds EX, a text-based coding environment, appropriate for upper elementary school through high school students, that serves as a bridge between introductory block-based coding and more advanced coding languages like Java or Python. You can freely download MicroWorlds EX to your Mac or Windows computer, and find other coding resources such as MicroWorlds JR for pre-readers, at www.codetolearn.ca. Along with the free books, libraries with limited internet access can request CDs with English and French copies of both the Microworlds EX and the Microworlds JR software.
To order copies of the book or the software CDs, please fill out this form. All items will be shipped to your library directly at no charge via Canada Post.