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6 great coding websites and apps for tweens and teens

6 great coding websites and apps for tweens and teens
My daughter's school offered a coding class as one of this year's summer school offerings. I was excited. She was not. Ah, tweens. The tricky thing is that they're smart enough to argue with you. In this case, my daughter pointed out that the class description said it was "self-guided" and that she could guide herself through one of the many websites and apps for kids who want to code, which are free or just a few dollars. I appreciate the kid's style, and after taking a few other factors into consideration, we talked about how she was going to have to take initiative, stay motivated and all those things that often don't come easily to this age group. At my request, over these first few weeks of summer my tween tried out an assortment of coding websites and apps for tweens and teens. 1. Cost: Free Best for Kids in Grades 6-12 At first, though, she wrote down "little boring" but crossed that off and next to it wrote "Awesome!" 2. Best for Kids in Grades 2 through 8 3. 4. 5. 6. Cost: $3.99

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How young is too young to teach coding in schools? This week Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne initiated a push to put maths or science on the agenda of all Australian year 11 and 12 students. The move comes as our standard in international testing has slumped over the last decade. Likewise, this month Opposition leader Bill Shorten targeted the primary school curriculum saying that a Labor government would work to ensure that all primary and secondary school students received digital literacy and computer coding education. Importantly, this would be from a teacher who has had the opportunity to receive training in coding themselves. While from opposite sides of the fence, both bids signal a need for change in the way we educate our youngest generation. As a country we’re finally starting to acknowledge the increasing importance of STEM subjects in our nation’s future, but are these talks enough to ensure that Australia can capitalise on this exceptionally fast growing sector in the future?

How to get started with coding in the classroom - Daily Genius This probably isn’t news, but coding isn’t just for geeks anymore. Computer based jobs are growing at a rate estimated to be about 2x faster than other types of jobs, and it is estimated that there will be a million more jobs than there are students to fill them by 2020. Currently, less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. Filling this gap means that more students need to get involved in STEM subjects early on in their education.

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) In addition to traditional classroom work, learners can use a variety of online tools and games. Educators can utilize multiple education platforms, and students learn both within and outside the classroom. Cybersecurity Games: While completing formal coursework can be a great way to learn to program, playing online games can also allow users to learn programming skills. This is an interactive, fun way for students to learn the foundational skills necesaary for a career in cybersecurity. ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum - University of London About the Course Teachers and policymakers working in all sectors of education now recognise the importance and value of technology for learning and teaching. The UCL Institute of Education, University of London (IOE and the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education (IITE ) are collaborating to run this professional development course for teachers, headteachers and policymakers working in the Primary Education sector. The course is part of IITE’s role to support and promote an active community of practitioners and policymakers in the use of digital technologies for learning and teaching. It is also linked to the IOE’s mission to promote excellence in education and professional practice through advancing knowledge and understanding. The resources for the course are derived from teachers’ Primary practice in different countries.

The Key to Coding – Part 1 Today’s blog is a guest post from the amazing Kim Vernon, who blogs at Kim is Head of Integrated Technologies for Infant students at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she has been teaching overseas since 2008. Kim is a Google Certified Teacher and has a Master of Education.

These are The Skills Students Learn from Coding January 12, 2014 In his wonderful TED talk " Let's teach kids to code ", Scientist Mitch Resnick made this beautiful analogy : When kids learn to code , it enables them to learn many other things, opens up many new opportunities for learning. It's useful to make an analogy to reading and writing, when you learn to read and write it opens up opportunities for you to learn so many other things, when you learn to read you can then read to learn, which is the same thing with coding, if you learn to code you can code to learn.

Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch There are several ways to start learning about code, and each offers something a little different. Not all coding sites are created equal, and not every site or initiative works for every teacher or learner. A playful, introductory experience might not satisfy a teacher looking for a civic-minded coding experience, while an in-depth tutorial on programming games might not be the best starting place for a kid interested in web design. For novices, there are many ways to enter the coding ecosystem. Online coding lessons <Here’s Where to go/> Several sites offer free, online, self-paced lessons to help you learn text-based code—coding in the raw, so to speak.

Coding For Kids - Five Options for K-8 Students - More Than A Tech Access to affordable technology is driving a revolution in how teachers teach and students learn. One of the trends in recent years is teaching computer programming to younger students, i.e. coding for kids. It can be fascinating to see how younger students interact with laptops, tablets and cell phones. They’ve grown up in this new digital age and absorb things from their surroundings very quickly.

Udacity Nanodegree Style Guide CSS Style Rules CSS Validity Use valid CSS. Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code. I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent all of my waking hours writing for the student newspaper or reading books written by dead white guys. So it just never happened. But it’s on my to-do list. I swear.

About An overview of Kodu. (Click to play) Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. The game machine W2L Info Published on December 1st, 2013 | by What2Learn Are you looking to make your own study game? At What2Learn you can quickly and easily create an incredibly wide range of interactive learning activities including hangman games, quizzes, interactive word searches, extended writing activities and much more.

9 Websites Where You Can Learn Anything For Free Do you have spare time after work? Perhaps, you want to make your summer productive. Want to learn a new course, language, skill or just about anything? Design an App! A Digital Technologies Project for 4/5/6Australian Curriculum Lessons In this ICT activity, students create their own app. The project is accessed through a Weebly. It is open-ended and caters for the diversity of all students. It is student-paced, allowing students to work through it at their own speed. Upon completion of the project, students present their new app to the class. A marking rubric is used to formally assess students and anecdotal notes are made along the way.