Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes I had my first computer programming experience in ninth grade. I had just moved, and my new guidance counselor persuaded me to take a computer programming class because there were no other open electives. I was dubious. Helping Young Children Experiment, Explore, and Express Themselves with Code — Scratch Foundation Blog Helping Young Children Experiment, Explore, and Express Themselves with Code Below is an excerpt from The Official ScratchJr Book: Help Your Kids Learn to Code, an easy-to-use, hands-on guide for parents and educators. Written by the creators of ScratchJr, Marina Umaschi Bers (Professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University) and Mitchel Resnick (Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab), The Official ScratchJr Book is the perfect companion to the ScratchJr app. With ScratchJr, young children can bring their stories and ideas to life by connecting blocks of code to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Each chapter includes several activities that build on one another, culminating in a fun final project. Newly released by No Starch Press, the book is available in paperback or ebook format.
Best Websites for Children to Learn to Code - Summer 2015 Edition So your child wants to learn to code or you would like to introduce them to coding. There are lots of fantastic websites that help kids learn programming skills, but where should you start? I've tried out lots of coding websites for children at the school where I teach, with my own children and at the CoderDojo that I volunteer at. I thought it would be useful to pull together some of my favourite resources with some guidance on ability levels, level of adult support needed, cost (many are free or offer some resources for free) and other information to help you pick the right sites for your children. I'll focus on home use here rather than use in schools or clubs. We'll start with coding websites suitable for younger children and move up through the age groups.
About Who Supported ScratchJr? The ScratchJr project has received generous financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF DRL-1118664), Scratch Foundation, LEGO Foundation, British Telecommunications, and Adobe Systems. If you enjoy using this free app, please consider making a donation to the Scratch Foundation (www.scratchfoundation.org), a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing support for ScratchJr. We appreciate donations of all sizes, large and small. Platinum supporters from the ScratchJr Kickstarter campaign: Jeremy Deutsch, Kenneth Ehlert, Catherine Greenspon, Mark Loughridge, JoAnn Gantz Bendetson, and Shirley Resnick.
Learn Tips & Hints Tips and hints that you might find useful as you explore ScratchJr. For answers to more general questions about ScratchJr, see the Frequently Asked Questions. Learn how to make a new project, rename an existing project, and delete a project. Watch video 10 Puzzle Websites to Sharpen Your Programming Skills By Ben Dowling Solving programming puzzles is a fun way to develop your logical and problem solving abilities. Also, when you’re familiarizing yourself with a new programming language, solving puzzles for that language can help speed up the learning process. Here are the top 10 popular programming puzzle sites that will help test your thinking and improve your programming, problem solving, and logical thinking skills. 1.