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5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids

5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids
Digital Tools Arduino It’s hard to argue with the importance of teaching students how to use computers — how to turn on, log on, search the Web, and use applications. These skills are absolutely necessary for students’ academic success as well as for their future job prospects. Being able to use the Internet and operate computers is one thing, but it may be just as valuable to teach students how to code. Giving students an introduction to programming helps peel back the layers of what happens inside computers and how computers communicate with one another online. Many students don’t have access to computer science courses until college, and that’s a missed opportunity to introduce younger students to programming. Developed by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a visual programming language for children age 6 and up. Alice is a free and open source 3D programming environment designed to teach students object-oriented and event-driven programming. s also enables robotics-building. Related

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Front Page Get Started Follow these simple steps to build your first app. Tutorials Step-by-step guides show you how to build all kinds of apps. How to get kids to start coding Fifteen years ago, I started this column with the advice that "computers are not a passing fad -- they are here to stay." In this, my last column as USA Today's Kid-Tech Columnist, my advice is: teach your kids how to code. By comparing the advice given in these two columns, it's easy to see how far children's tech has come: from kids as consumers to kids as makers.

New Tech for Old Computers & Game Systems There are really only three groups of vintage computing enthusiasts out there. One is the purist, who wants to maintain, restore, and operate his vintage systems in a historically authentic manner, using only the contemporary technology available at the time, one is the devoted user, who doesn't care how you use the computer, as long as it gets the job done (perhaps better and faster than before), and then there's the tinkerer / hacker who just wants to play around and push old systems to, and beyond, their designed limits. This page contains a constant work in progress: a list of links to various online projects and products involving the interfacing and integrating of modern computing and electronics technology to older computers or game systems — either to replace failure-prone parts, to enhance their functionality, or "just because you can." It's intended mainly for the tinkerer type, but it could also easily be of interest to the devoted user as well. ———-Last Updated: 03/12/2008

Construct 2 - the HTML5 game I’ve been experimenting with Construct 2 from Scirra the last few days. Construct 2 is a program from creating HTML 5 games. What really got my interest was that there is the ability to create Windows 8 games using Construct 2 with Visual Studio 12. Jardín de infantes Pensamiento abstracto Games 10 free fun and educational games For your kindergarten child, these Abstract Thinking games will help your child identify and understand the relationship between abstract concepts and the concrete objects that they represent (beginning). These games teach valuable skills and have a high fun and educational rating.

How to Teach Computing: An Introduction to Concepts, Tools and Resources for Secondary Teachers "Coding is like the new literacy!" Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission. Annoyed of students being distracted by their mobile phones? Kuato aims to teach kids programming through games Kuato Studios plans to use artificial intelligence and gaming technology to teach children how to program a computer. As such, it is the latest startup to try to “gamify,” or use game mechanics to foster interest in non-game applications, education. The company is creating a virtual game world for children and teens to explore. They can perform actions in the world by writing lines of computer code. A tutorial will walk them through the process so that even neophytes can learn programming, said Frank Meehan (pictured below, left), chief executive of London-based Kuato, in an interview with GamesBeat.

Explore Technology Click on the weights to move them ON or OFF the scale. Can you add them up to match what's in the pink box? If you don't see the activity above, please download the latest Flash Player. You can do it! Pick a combination of these weights, and add up their numbers. 15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) According to, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows were raised in 2013 as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code. In 2014, Barack Obama made history as the first U.S. president to program a computer. Yet critics claim that often only the more affluent schools offer computer science courses, thus denying minorities potential to learn the skills required by the 1.4 million new jobs that will be created during the next ten years.