Resources

Some recommended resources for parents and educators


Online Resources

Code.org

A one-stop shop resource for coding games, curricula, and more!

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KidsRuby

This website makes it easy for kids to learn to code in Ruby.

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MIT APP INVENTOR

A browser based app design program for Android. Uses a block based language (probably more for Middle School aged children and above).

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Alice

An introduction to creating simple animated movies and video games through simple object-oriented programming.

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Scratch

A pretty cool way to start programming movies, games and interactive stories. Perfect for children about 8 and up. The ScratchJr App for iPad and Android is perfect for pre and early readers. 

Kodu

A 3D Game Engine with visual programming language for PC or Xbox.

Teaching Kids Programming

A non-profit organization whose website is filled with resources to teach or learn to code from 10 years old and up.

CodeCombat

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game.


Educational Apps

Move the turtle

App for kids 5 and over.

Hopscotch

Another brilliant app (apps are easy and visual for younger learners!)

 
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Daisy the dinosaur

An easy visual app for all ages, drag and drop still teaches the principles of programming!

Cargo-bot

A puzzle game created entirely on iPad, for all ages.

Lightbot

Another great app to teach coding basics.


Games

Robot turtles

(For 3-8 year olds) a simple board game that sneaks in coding basics. A Kickstarter success!

Sphero

An amazing ball robot you can program and interact with in many many many different ways, whether you are a small child or an adult. A must-see web site for all the details.

Lego Mindstorms

Probably the first toys to teach programming basics ever.


Books

 

Hello ruby

A book that teaches programming skills through activities as well as stories.

Hello world

'Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners' is another good book to learn at whatever age

 

Super Scratch Programming Adventure

 A book in quite a series to learn different principles within programming.


Other

Raspberry pi

A tiny card sized computer that plugs into a tv and can be used for electronics projects.