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Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents

Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents
Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? These are a few resources that parents can share with their kids to help them start learning about programming. Programming Tutorials From Made With Code by Google: Google's Made With Code project has a mission of encouraging girls to pursue careers in computer science. The Made With Code projects are easy to follow, and if your kids are completely new to coding, don't fret. Inspiring Articles About Kids Learning to Code Still looking for some ideas? Coding Organizations for Kids For the non-coding parents, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

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Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Code and Program When the conversation amongst educators turns to programming, Scratch is often the first resource that is mentioned. Scratch allows students to program animations, games, and videos through a visual interface. Students create their programs by dragging together blocks that represent movements and functions on their screens. The blocks snap together to help students see how the "if, then" logic of programming works. Lightbot In Lightbot, students must program a robot with commands to solve puzzles. Students may play the game in the Browser (requires Flash Player), or on Android or iOS devices. "How does Lightbot teach programming?"

Teaching Kids to Code Every era demands--and rewards--different skills. In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops. Now we are teaching them to code. We are teaching them to code, however, not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We are teaching coding to help our kids craft their future. In this collection we share many different perspectives on coding, from a university professor's vantage point (MIT's Mitch Resnick describes why learning to code is like learning to learn) to an entrepreneur's reflections from his cross-country roadtrip to bring coding--and his stuffed dog--to classrooms across the U.S.

Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play Beta The Game (left) and Hack ‘n Slash (right) By Tanner Higgin, Graphite The push to get kids to code has been such a hot topic these past few years you might be sick of hearing about it. There are those that see code as a critical skill — like learning a second language – which all kids need to learn. Others question whether programming is as important as critical thinking, or if code literacy is more or less important than traditional textual/numerical literacy. Code Maven from Crunchzilla <h2>Code Maven gets teens excited about programming. It is an interactive tutorial where anyone can experiment with learning to code. <p> Code Maven from Crunchzilla uses Javascript. Teaching kids how to write computer programs, by Marshall Brain by Marshall Brain Let's say that you have children, and you would like to help them learn computer programming at a youngish age. As the father of four kids, I have tried to approach it from several different angles. What I would like to do here is collect some ideas for parents who are looking for different options. Let's start with a something important: Every kid is different.

Two Basic iPad Apps for Teaching Coding to Kids November 2, 2014 I got an email today from a teacher asking for some basic iPad coding apps to recommend to her kids. Actually I have already reviewed several coding apps in the past but for something to start with I would suggest the two titles below. Check them out and let us know what you think of them. Learn Minecraft Hour of Code Grades 2+ | Blocks Moana: Wayfinding with Code Make a Flappy game Raspberry Pi Model B+ 512 MB Mainboard • The Brand New Model B+ Raspberry Pi Mainboard • All new features makes this the best Raspberry Pi yet!• Stream and watch Hi-definition video output at 1080P• 40pin extended GPIO to really enhance your projects to the next level• New Micro SD card slot for storing information and operating systems• Four USB ports and an RJ45 10/100 network socket add connectivity with many external devices• CSI Camera Port to connect your Raspberry Pi Camera• DSI Display Port to connect directly your touch screen display• To help you learn computer programming Python and Scratch programming languages are included with the operating system Raspberry Pi OS Final PDF >> What is it?

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