Many educators begin to develop their own ICT skills by playing with free resources and tools on the web (Prezi, Youtube, Ning). At some point educators may learn to use an LMS and it’s components for creating content and or designing assessment. Opportunities are opening up for educators to use code to make their dream learning tools, through Learning Tools Interoperability, essentially allowing developers to make LMS Plugins written in any programming language.
“IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) v1.0 provides a single framework or standard way of integrating rich learning applications — in LTI called Tools — with platforms like learning management systems, portals, or other systems from which applications can be launched”
There is one argument against learning code, that says we can save time and pain by outsourcing to overseas code factories at cheap rates. My fear is that the over use of outsourcing and ‘rapid’ design tools could lead to a brain drain amongst educators, leaving us only floating on the surface of things.
A good place to start going beyond HTML is at CodeAcademy each week for free with CodeYear