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If you want them to learn to think about how to develop code, but not a particular language I recommend: https://www.coursera.org/learn/programming-fundamentals
A friend found this https://www.coursera.org/learn/programming-fundamentals I took the class so I could help her if needed. It is a very good class on how to THINK as a programmer. It does not teach any programming language but is IMHO a perfect intro.
Sep 01, 2018 · sloaken on Ask HN: What online courses for beginners you recommend
A friend found this class and asked me if it was any good. So I signed up and did the first week. It is wonderful! It teaches how to think about a problem, not language syntax. https://www.coursera.org/learn/programming-fundamentals