Blockly for PICAXE - Software Product Details Blockly for PICAXE is a free powerful visual programming tool for generating PICAXE microcontroller programs. By stacking coloured blocks on top of each other a control program can be rapidly generated. This simple click’n’drag programming method allows students to rapidly develop control sequences for real life microcontroller projects. Blockly can be run online in a web browser on almost any device that has an internet connection. For offline use Blockly is embedded within PICAXE Editor and is also available as a standalone (installed) Chrome app.
The best Apps to teach kids Coding [@CoderFactory Blog] Learning computer programming can help kids develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. It also encourages them to be not only the consumers of technology, but also the creators. "In fifteen years, we will be teaching programming just like reading and writing... and wondering why we didn't do it sooner" - Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO at Facebook App Inventor 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.
A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding September 23, 2014 Code Studio is a newly released platform geared towards helping students from kindergarten to high school learn the different coding concepts. Code Studio which is a product of the popular nonprofit group Code.org known for its relentless efforts to make coding part of the curricula. Code Studio, as is explained in this excellent review, provides a variety of features that set it apart from other coding platforms.
Alice.org Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.
ScratchX What is ScratchX? ScratchX is a platform that enables people to test experimental functionality built by developers for the visual programming language Scratch. What's the difference between Scratch and ScratchX? Creative Computing This guide was developed by members of the ScratchEd research team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Christan Balch, Michelle Chung, and Karen Brennan. We encourage you to use as much or as little of the guide as you like, to design new activities, and to remix the included activities. No matter your prior experience or expertise, we think of every educator as a co-designer of the Creative Computing experience. We would love to learn about what you’re doing, so we encourage you to document and share your experiences with us and with other educators via the ScratchEd community at
Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten Start kindergartners with problem solving.