Learning to Program with SoloLearn

Author: Anne Quinn
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When looking for a simple activity to show eighth-grade students at the Hour of Code (a global activity for students) in December, I became familiar with an app called SoloLearn: Learn to Code (SoloLearn 2018). In fact, it was an eighth-grade student who introduced me to it. The program is simple enough that students can produce their first programs in minutes and comprehensive enough that users can progress through many levels as they master any of several computerprogramming languages. The twelve languages are C++, Java, Python, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, Ruby, JQuery, C#, and Swift. Various applied mathematics classes at the college level assume a basic knowledge of programming, and having this skill can open many careers for students. Coding also can serve as an enrichment activity for algebra students.

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Anne Quinn, quinna@edinboro.edu, is a mathematics professor and chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include discrete mathematics, statistics, mathematics of finance, technology, and recreational mathematics.

(Corresponding author is Quinn quinna@edinboro.edu)
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