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Hour of Code

I wanted to make a short video not only highlighting our students participating in the Hour of Code, but also explaining what coding is, and why it is important. Below is the culmination of that project:

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5 Great Tools to Teach Coding

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Coding teaches you how to think.
Below are resources for kids (and adults) to learn more about the exciting world of coding!
Web Apps 

Scratch – Developed by MIT, Scratch is one of the best coding sites out there. Scratch teaches and allows students to create fun games while learning all about coding. There are some wonderful video tutorials, so even if you know absolutely nothing about coding, you will be off and running in no time!
Blockly – nice tutorials which guide students in the basics of coding.
Mobile Apps 

Daisy the Dino – Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen.
Hopscotch – Using this beautiful, intuitive programming language, kids can unleash their creativity and build their own games, animations and programs.
 
Kodable – Kodable is a free educational iPad game offering a kid-friendly introduction to programming concepts and problem solving. For kids ages 5 and up, and tools for grownups too!

5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

With the Hour of Code coming up (December 9-15), here is a great infographic from Kodable explaining why coding is such a useful skill for kids (and adults) to learn.

5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

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