Anchorage Programming Workshop held its first class last night, on GitHub, and I think it went really well. Besides the two teachers, four people showed up—fewer than we want, long term, but a great start, given that we really hoped to ease into this whole thing, anyway. Their backgrounds and learning styles varied a bit, but I think they all got something out of the class. Becky did a great job of teaching, and I was able to contribute what I hope was some helpful input. Everyone left with a working repository—and hopefully the confidence and know-how to get GitHub set up on their home machines.
Our plan is to do HTML/CSS next, though I’m debating maybe starting with Girl Develop It‘s Intro to Web Concepts (slides/repo), modified to fit my presentation style. It would give us time to figure out hosting for people’s projects (Heroku?) and to make sure there’s a core group who is comfortable with where we’re going. But perhaps I’m being too conservative/cautious?
Anyway, no matter where we go with our next meeting, it’s really good to have this thing off the ground! :)