CodeSpells: Express Yourself With Magic by ThoughtSTEM When we were young, wizards like Gandalf and Dumbledore struck a chord in our minds. We spent hours pretending to be wizards and casting epic imaginary spells. Now, we want to bring that kind of creative freedom to video games. Instead of giving the player pre-packaged spells, CodeSpells allows you to craft your own magical spells. It's the ultimate spellcrafting sandbox. 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. If you haven't seen Scratch before, watch the short overview in the video below. Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.
MIT App Inventor Get Started Follow these simple steps to build your first app. Tutorials The KUBO Robot Teaches Kids To Code Meet KUBO: the educational robot designed for children 3+ that teaches kids how to code in an intuitive, tactile fashion. As co-founder Tommy Otzen explains on KUBO's Indiegogo Crowdfunding film, he and Daniel Lindegaard created KUBO because they believe that "programming skills are essential for kids to acquire to succeed in the 21st century." Otzen elaborates to Curiosity that KUBO was "based on decades of research in child psychology and contemporary theory in cognitive learning." The co-founders were looking for a solution to teach complex concepts like coding according to a child's level of cognitive development. Related: This Robot Can Cook-And Clean Up-Your Dinner When you hear "educational robot," you might picture another screen glued to a child's face.
The funniest TED Talks Now playing The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the "idea drawings" featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. Awesome Websites to Get Your Kids Hooked on Programming - TheITBros The success stories of people who used MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to pick up new skills and even change careers aren’t exactly rare nowadays. You probably have heard of people learning how to code by signing up for classes on sites like Coursera, eDX, and Udacity, then leveraging the knowledge that they’ve gained to find jobs and/or internships. But what if your ten-year old kid expresses an interest in becoming a computer programmer? These MOOC sites aren’t exactly kid-friendly, and most of the courses that are hosted there require at least highschool-level knowledege to fully comprehend (plus kids might not be so keen on participating in online class discussions if their classmates are scary grownups). Thankfully, there are a few child-friendly options that kids (and kids-at-heart!) can play and program with.
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? LEGO WeDo and Scratch "Motor" redirects here. For the block category with that name, see Motor Blocks. A LEGO WeDo robot being used with Scratch. The LEGO® WeDo™ Construction Kit is a simple robotics tool designed for ages 7–11. It allows users to design their own interactive machines, and then program them using drag-and-drop software like Scratch. In Scratch 2.0, you can add a LEGO WeDo extension within the "More Blocks" category.
12 Great Books to Help Kids Learn Coding April 30, 2017 A few days we shared with you this interesting resource featuring some of the best apps and tools to help kids learn everything about coding. Today, we are adding another important resource to our coding archive. This is a collection of some good books to introduce kids to coding and help them master the world of programming. Links to the books are under the visual. Enjoy 1- Help Your Kids with Computer Coding, by DK Publishing Help Your Kids with Computer Coding is a straightforward, visual guide to helping kids understand the basics of computer coding using Scratch and Python coding languages.