I am planning to post details of one outstanding open-access educational resource every day until the launch date of Educational Hub at the end of this month. Today’s choice is W3Schools, a website devoted to teaching coding for web development.
What they say
From the W3Schools “About” page:
“W3Schools was originally created in 1998 by Refsnes Data, a Norwegian software development and consulting company…
“W3Schools is, and will always be, a completely free developers resource…
“Many people work very hard to ensure w3schools remains useful, educational, updated, and interesting.”https://www.w3schools.com/about/default.asp
What I say
I have used W3Schools countless times in designing and building my websites. I am not trained in coding or computer programming, but the explanations are nearly always clear and straightforward enough for a non-specialist like me to be able to understand them.
This is a wonderful example of the internet at its best – a collaborative open-access resource that has been worked on over the years. It is not the only site of its kind – among others are Tutorialspoint (“Our content and resources are freely available and we prefer to keep it that way”), Code.org (“Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities”) and Exercism (“Exercism is free forever … Exercism is entirely open source and relies on the contributions of thousands of wonderful people”) – but it is the most comprehensive and extensive.
Resources like these are levelling the playing field and changing the world we live in. By sharing them, promoting them and using them we can be the change we want to see!