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What to teach a 13 year old kid to learn?

by joshuadams / February 5, 2014 3:05 PM PST

I want to my younger sibling to start learning a skill on a computer via the web or a software to teach them. I want them to have a couple options to choose from and good resources to learn from. I had a couple ideas such as

1. Make a web site, create an app, or just learn to code
2. Creating music
3. Artistic skill like illustration, painting, or photography
4. Electronic Hardware
5. Learn a language

Any suggestions, ideas or references would be great!


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1. Learn to code.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2014 2:20 AM PST

Web site creation is, and this may upset folk, not an end all solution and there are too many hunters for too few targets in that market.

That is, just last week I was working with a friend that was having trouble with their web site author because the author could only work with "templates" but didn't understand HTML or JavaScript do a minor change was always answered with "No, the template doesn't allow that." Frankly web page creation itself is too easy. Understanding the code is hard and necessary.

2. I have many musician jokes. But if they love music, encourage it.

3. The first 2. That last one is again, too many fish in the pond.

4. Zappt. Always a great skill.

5. Life long impact. Software houses and more can use any bi or more lingual person.

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morals and ethics
by James Denison / February 10, 2014 3:29 AM PST
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Teach him how to build something
by roshanjha2014 / February 13, 2014 2:54 AM PST

Teach him any skill that helps him build a product.

The product here can be a website, a program, or any other thing.

Learning a language would come next in my list.

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by lesterbrian / June 17, 2014 1:27 AM PDT

I'd teach to make something like an app/ website - it is important for kids and teens to see the result immediately and stay motivated.

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