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Summer Plunge: Dive Into Coding and Photography

Learners all over the world are being invited to take part in online photography and coding classes as part of this year’s Cities of Learning initiative.

Los Angeles, CA, July 05, 2014 --( It's not too late to take part in online summer camps this year. Youth worldwide are invited to learn how to learn photography and/or coding through two classes being offered by the newly launched Connected Learning Alliance, a network that brings together organizations, projects, initiatives and individuals working to leverage today’s technology for more equitable access to learning and opportunity for all young people.

The CLA's website,, is hosting the two free online classes — “Coding with Scratch” and “Phonar Nation.”

Scratch is a programming language and online community developed as a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab as an easy way for young people to learn to code. Youth around the world have shared more than 4 million projects in more than 50 languages on the Scratch website, with several new projects added every minute.

This summer’s Coding with Scratch class will teach students mathematical and computational ideas while they create programs for their own interactive stories, games, animations and simulations.

Designed by award-winning British photographer Jonathan Worth, Phonar Nation teaches kids how to tell stories through photographs. Worth, whose Coventry University photography course is ranked No. 1 by The Guardian in its “University Guide 2015,” will direct Phonar Nation and conduct real-time mentoring sessions.

“Phonar Nation is more than photography; it is visual literacy and digital fluency for a connected 21st century,” Worth said. “Students will learn to speak clearly through images and engage a connected audience.”

Both classes are available at, where learners can connect with experts, share their work, earn digital badges and participate in contests for prizes.

Each class features five unique sessions that don't need to be taken in sequence. Participants can check out the lessons and pick and choose which ones interest them enough to take at any time.

“Phonar Nation and Coding with Scratch represent the best in open educational offerings in the digital arts,” said Mimi Ito, CLA’s advisory board chair. “These programs offered by Pursuitery represent the commitment of the Connected Learning Alliance to ensure that all young people have access to top-notch summer learning experiences where they are exploring interests, connecting with inspiring mentors, and gaining valuable skills and expertise.”

Media Contact: Mimi Ko Cruz,, 949-824-4587
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