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Learn to Code for Free: 18 Sites, Camps & Online Courses for App Building, Ruby, Java and More. By Caroline Thompson on October 05, 2015 If you've been considering going back to school, a computer science degree might sound like a great way to jump-start your career.

Learn to Code for Free: 18 Sites, Camps & Online Courses for App Building, Ruby, Java and More

After all, learning to code means you'll be eligible for fast-paced and high-paying jobs as a computer programmer, a web developer, an app programmer and much more. But before you write out that tuition check, take a moment to assess your options. Believe it or not, you can get a quality computer science education for free online. GameMaker Manual - If statement An if statement has the form if (<expression>) <statement> or.

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GameMaker Position and Motion Tutorial - Motion is critical to just about any video game.

GameMaker Position and Motion Tutorial -

Nearly every game has moving things in it, and how they move is a vital part of the game. Learning how to program motion and control it effectively is one of the most important parts of a successful game. There are a number of possible approaches to handling position and movement. Learning how these work will help you make better games. Beginner Video Tutorials.

Follow these four short videos and you'll have three working apps to show for it!

Beginner Video Tutorials

After building the starter apps, which will take around an hour, you can move on to extending them with more functionality, or you can start building apps of your own design. Get started now with Video 1 below. Extending Your Initial Apps You just made some pretty cool apps! But now the real fun begins: try turning TalkToMe into a Magic 8 Ball; turn BallBounce into a Mini Golf game, take DigitalDoodle to the next level by adding colors and incorporating pictures as backgrounds in PaintPot. Coding for Kids. 4 ways forward-thinking districts are inspiring more students to code. How innovative districts are exposing more students to coding and closing the participation gap Recently, President Barack Obama announced his administration’s commitment to provide computer science education for all students.

4 ways forward-thinking districts are inspiring more students to code

Endorsement by the White House is valuable to those new to introducing computer science (CS) in the classroom, as well as others, like members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, who have championed CS for years. Members of the League, a coalition of 73 of the most forward-thinking U.S. public school districts, have long prioritized computational thinking and CS education for their students. Thirty League districts, representing over one million students, made commitments to the White House to further the President’s proposal. Districts in the League have committed to developing thoughtful, long-term solutions to overcome the obstacles that many populations of students face one of the world’s most important languages. About the Author: Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach.

We teach kids how to write by first immersing them in stories and literature.

Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach

We should adopt this same approach to teach coding and programming. In fact, this is something I already do: giving every child a background in coding that allows those who are interested and motivated to proceed with programming at a higher level. My students make apps for iPhone and iPad and put them up on the App Store.

A New Free Course to Help Teachers and Students Learn The Basics of Animation. February 11, 2016Pixar in A Box is a free online course created out of a partnership between Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios.

A New Free Course to Help Teachers and Students Learn The Basics of Animation

The course introduces learners to the fundamentals of the art of animation. More specifically, learners get to experience first-hand knowledge of the techniques and methods Pixar engineers use to create movies and animations. Learn to code. App Inventor. Get Started Follow these simple steps to build your first app.

App Inventor

Tutorials. Code Avengers: course descriptions and pricing. Learn to code. App Inventor. Craft Magical Spells using Code. Crunchzilla. Code Avengers: course descriptions and pricing. Course Introduction. The Course-in-a-Box is a set of on-line materials to help teachers design App Inventor courses and/or modules.

Course Introduction

The course outline and materials are modeled after Professor David Wolber's course, "Computing, Mobile Apps, and the Web" at the University of San Francisco, which he has taught since a Google App Inventor pilot in 2009. Playcodemonkey. Coding is the new literacy, and CodeMonkey will teach your students 21st century skills like problem solving, multiple-step, critical and analytical thinking skills.


Students will help the monkey get his bananas back by writing lines of code in CoffeeScript, a real programming language used in the industry for developing web applications, mobile apps and games. Sign up for a free teacher trial today and get access to: Made with Code. ?tag=nl. It's difficult to want to be what you can't see. That's one of the baseline problems women of all ages face in the tech industry — the numbers of women working in tech are low, and girls and young women have noticed. It's also an issue that makers of the new documentary CODEGIRL are hoping to address by bringing the story of the 2015 Technovation Challenge to girls all over the world. For background, the Technovation Challenge is a six-year-old competition for high school girls.

eSchool News Should students learn coding? Students, schools disagree. By Marco della Cava, USA Today August 21st, 2015 Poll finds different views surrounding the ever-popular coding trend Parents across the U.S. are eager for their children to learn coding and other computer science skills, but their message hasn’t yet hit the in-box of school administrators. That’s the finding of a new Gallup study commissioned by Google that spotlights a potentially perilous economic disconnect as tech companies struggle to enlarge their engineering talent pools. In the works for 18 months, the survey, called “Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in U.S. eSchool News Should students learn coding? Students, schools disagree. Learn to Code. Tom Daccord, Director of EdTechTeacher (MA) Justin Reich Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher (MA) Greg Kulowiec, Instructor & Presenter (MA) Beth Holland, Communications & Instruction (RI) Google CS First Coding Clubs Spreading Nationwide.

Google has created a new program to offer computer science enrichment opportunities to students. Google CS First, clubs that help to teach computer science to students, are popping up across the country. There are currently 2,540 such clubs that offer experience in computer science to 38,200 students, according to the Google CS First website. Give Your Kids a Most Excellent Summer Coding Adventure. For a new generation of students growing up in a digitally-connected century, all roads lead to code. Coding is the new literacy. It will not replace foreign languages, but it will be the global vernacular for understanding how technologies work. Unlike the Trix cereal, coding and computer science aren't just for kids. Everyone, and especially teachers and parents, can lead by example and learn a few lines of HTML. Teaching Kids to Code. Every era demands--and rewards--different skills.

It's time for every student to learn to code. By Alice Steinglass May 14th, 2015. 'Coding Nation' Chronicles 300 Ways to Pick Up Programming. EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. How many ways can you learn to code? Teaching Coding: Where Do You Start?

EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. Soon after I wrote my last article on Edsurge “Where Does Tech-ed Belong in Edtech? Learn To Code, Code To Learn. Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents.

4 Coding Apps For Kindergarten and Elementary School. Teach Coding As Early as Possible. 7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills. It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Everything that "just works" has some type of code that makes it run. Coding (a.k.a. programming) is all around us. That's why all the cool kids are coding . . . or should be. Programming is not just the province of pale twenty-somethings in skinny jeans, hunched over three monitors, swigging Red Bull. Not any more! How 6 districts do the Hour of Code - eClassroom News. Should every school class be a computer coding class? This spring, at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fifth-grade Spanish class programmed computers to produce bilingual, animated photo albums. 15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

According to, 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want their children to learn computer science—it will be crucial for many jobs in the near future—but only 40 percent of schools teach it. Critics claim that it is mainly the more affluent schools that offer computer science courses, thus denying those who attend poorer schools the chance to learn necessary skills.

A focus on STEM is not enough: also reports that while 70 percent of new STEM jobs are in computing, only 7 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science.