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MAKE IT Digital! FREE Online Resources to Learn to Code

Here's our second roundup of online resources to keep you learning and creating during this period of social distancing. For this list we've taken a look at all of the places you can access free learning resources to teach yourself to code and get creative with technology.

Before you read on, take a look at Wash Your Lyrics. Have you heard the people telling

you to sing Happy Birthday

whilst you wash your hands? Well now you can generate your own hand washing poster, complete with lyrics from your favourite song instead! The application was created with code by a 17 year old William Gibson from Northamptonshire, in response to the current situation - now let's see what you can make!

Share what you get up to with the hashtags #creativewiganandleigh #makeitdigital and tag us @wigansteam

Code Club Tutorials

Here you’ll find all of the resources that we use to deliver our Code Club. On the site are step-by-step tutorials which will teach you how to create games, animations and more with code.

The Coding Train

The Coding Train is a Youtube channel run by MIT Professor Dan Shiffman. He makes tutorials to teach people to code in all kinds of languages and for all kinds of purposes. Plus, his videos are really funny!

Borrow a Micro:bit from Your Local Library or try out the Micro:bit Simulator

Not completely stuck in the house yet? Micro:bits are available to loan from several libraries in the borough (Wigan, Leigh, Golborne, Lamberhead Green and Platt Bridge). A Micro:bit is a microcontroller that allows you to bring coding into the physical world. Call ahead to check that the library is open and there’s a Micro:bit available - you can find numbers for all of the libraries on the Wigan Council website.

On the micro:bit website there are loads of projects you can get stuck into. You can even do most of the projects without a micro:bit using the simulator in their coding environment.

Idea Award

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is an international programme that helps you develop and demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. There’s loads of free mini courses that cover things like coding, graphic design, animation, staying safe online and more. Plus, you get a certificate once you’ve completed all of the badges!


With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. It’s a great first step into code for all ages.

Blockly Games

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of the games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.

Hour of Code

On the Hour of Code website are over 45 hour long tutorials that teach you how to code. From complete beginners to seasoned programmers, there’s something for everyone.

Online Courses

There’s an ENDLESS number of websites that provide courses in all kinds of subjects, so we aren’t going to describe them all. Here’s a list of a few popular sites that offer in depth courses in subjects like computer science, mathematics, science and engineering - mostly for free.

Khan Academy

Future Learn

BBC Learning

Code Academy

Happy Coding Everyone!

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