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Want more ways to learn? Check these out:
Code.org will be one of our primary resources. It is a collection of resources dedicated to expanding access to computer science and offers activities and lesson plans for various age groups.
CSFirst will be one of our primary resources and is a free program that is designed to increase student exposure to computer science. It is intended for ages 8-14. CSFirst provides templates and instructions for Scratch projects, instructional videos, and lessons plans for parents, students, and volunteers.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Interested in a few quick Scratch tutorials or some more advanced projects? Try these:
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. Also available on iPad Ages 5-7
Made with Code
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. There's something for both intermediate and beginning coders.
Blockly Games is a Google project. It uses Google's Blockly language to introduce beginners to programming through the use of self-paced games.
For the iPad:
The Foos--Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing. Ages 6+
Kodable--Fun programming logic for kids, great resources for parents. Ages 6+
Lightbot--Colorful, engaging intro to programming for young kids. Ages 6+
Cato's Hike--Maze puzzler makes learning programming an adventure. Ages 6+
Cargo-Bot--Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers. Ages 10+
Even More Ways to Learn:
Age range: 12 and up
Age range: 12 and up
Language: Beginning programming syntax
Codecademy has been touted as the tutorial to teach anyone to code, even disenfranchised populations, and yes, even preteens. It lacks the cartoony sprites and colorful interface of any of the other kid-targeted tutors on the list, but it’s still friendly and simple to grasp.
Age range: 8 and up
Language: Original object-oriented 3D programming language
Platform: Windows, Mac, or Linux download
Alice was designed by researchers at the University of Virginia as a gentle introduction to object-oriented programming. Its namesake, the Lewis Carroll heroine, stresses the researchers’ emphasis on making coding appealing to young girls. In Alice, draggable blocks of text instantly affect 3D sprites in a virtual world. Kids can test programs while that they create them, watching the sprites change in real time as they manipulate the block statements.
Age range: 13 and up
Platform: Mac download
Two years ago, ReadWrite has reviewed Hackety-Hack as Ruby “for the absolute beginner.” Since then, it’s been recommended as an ideal introduction for teens. With cute graphics and simple explanations, teens can learn Ruby even if they’ve never touched another programming language before. The interface is divided into two screens, an “editor” for inputting commands and testing programs, and a lesson that clarifies the code in plain English. After the tutorial, users create and share basic games and programs.
Age range: 9 to 14
Many thanks to Brassfield Elementary for originally posting many of these links and providing information about the sites.