Hello all, this week I am looking into Coding for kids, there are tons of free apps/websites out there & many of them are free, easy to use, & allow kids to create amazing computer programs by either typing or drag and drop. I first started looking into coding when a computer science teacher asked if her students could come in to demonstrate the "Hour of Code"-and within minutes my 9th graders were hooked! They continually coded beyond the hour & kept it up. Leading me to think about how to get all kids exposed from Pre-K to 12, there is a way-let me show you......The apps & websites listed below are are on the top of my list along with some others, don't find anything? Please feel free to reach out, there's always more.
Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding
Girls start out with a love of science and technology, but lose it somewhere along the way. Let’s help encourage that passion in teen girls. Grades 4-12
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Scratch Jr. :Grades K-2 Scratch: Grades 3-12
Swift is a powerful and intuitive programming language for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Writing Swift code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and Swift includes modern features developers love. Swift code is safe by design, yet also produces software that runs lightning-fast.
Over 4,600 schools have used CS First clubs to introduce computer science to students. The CS First curriculum is free and easy to use — no computer science experience required! Grades 4-8.
App Inventor is a visual, blocks language for building Android Apps. Grades 8-12
Short and sweet If you want your kid to learn guitar, you don't start with Rock Band. You start with a smaller guitar. Bitsbox uses simple commands to create cool apps that really work. Grades K-8
"Computers intersect with every aspect of kids' lives, but most kids don't understand how they work. Through coding, students build essential literacy skills, gain an understanding of logic and sequence, and learn the mechanics of iteration. These tools support project-based learning and give students the freedom to create, collaborate, hack, remix, and tinker with their own unique designs. Using these picks, kids can unlock the logic of code and the basics of programming, turning computers into tools to make new things"-Code.org
Here is a handy dandy Cheat Sheet to get you started-get going, your students will thank you later (maybe?) Also, here is the common sense media page with more apps and websites by grade level. If you are interested in hosting an hour of code with your class-reach out! It doesn't have to be and hour, even a small introduction can get the students intrigued.
~Marisa Mejia, your Instructional Technology Specialist. Thanks for the read! Please reach out anytime if you would like some help or just a friendly face to help implement these instructional tools into your classroom.