Codecademy Club

City of Toronto’s Codecademy Club

What’s the story

The line between IT and non-IT staff is becoming increasingly blurred. Being able to read and use code, even at a very basic level, is quickly becoming essential for the modern workforce. In order to be code literate, there are some fundamental concepts and knowledge that is important across all varieties of code.

Codecademy is a free online platform that offers coding classes for different programming languages including Python, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, AngularJS, and Ruby, as well as markup languages like HTML and CSS. The the Codecademy platform doesn’t require any software downloads and a user’s progress is saved online as they go.

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Data Visualization Event

get down the craft of data visualization

What’s the story

The Innovation Lab hosted an event in the fall of 2014 to introduce City staff to what’s possible with data visualizations. Arising from a need to understand the basics, and establish an entry level framework on what visualizations can do and how to create them using best practices. Honey Dacanay, a data visualization specialist who works for the Province of Ontario, was willing to share her data visualization suggestions and presentation with us.This was followed by a panel of City data users who are already proficient in the data visualization field, including Harvey Low and Carolyn Humphreys.
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The social animal

Image: David Brooks
Journalist David Brooks speaks at the launch of the unaffiliated political organization known as No Labels at Columbia University in New York City, Dec. 13, 2010.

10th TEDucation Session

Date: 21 June 2013 @ noon

Location: City Hall, Committee Room #1

TED Talker: David Brooks, Toronto-born, New York Times columnist and author.

Presenter: Christine Chun, Policy/Project Leader in the Deputy City Manager’s Office

Christine’s TED Handout

At the session, Christine provided attendees with a very useful sheet of takeaways.