Sunday, April 28, 2013
It seems to be one of the latest trends is teaching and learning to code and game creation, with a major focus towards female and children users.
We already tried Game Star Mechanic, and we loved it!
Many of these sites and programs are created and geared towards kids. I view it as an appropriate introduction to to anybody with "zero" understanding of the coding or game creation.
During the process of brainstorming my ideas, I've compiled what I believe to be the most popular sites, programs, links, and resources. I have yet to fully explore all of them, and will probably continue to update this list during the next few months.
I welcome any comments, feedback, advice, or other resources.
Code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education.
Site/Program to teach coding, free for educators, possibly available to parents soon.
Learn to Code Interactively for Free
MIT AppInventor Beta Mode
Hakitzu: Code of the Warrior, A free iPad app that teaches to code while building robots
6 Coding Apps for Kids
Codea, iPad app for coding
Cargo Bot A puzzle game where you teach robot how to move crates through coding
Game Star Mechanic, Work your way through levels while learning game-creation.
Scratch Game Creator
Links to resources, articles and blogs about teaching and learning to code, creating games or software.
Coding for Kids: A Book to Get Them (Or You) Started
Code Alert: Tynker Wants to Teach Your Child to Tinker With Tech http://allthingsd.com/20130428/code-alert-tynker-wants-to-teach-you-child-to-tinker-with-tech
Can Kids Use App Inventor to Make the Next Hot Mobile App?
Computer Classes for Kids: Why Programming Is (and should be) Taught Earlier
Why your 8-year-old should be coding
Check out this Learn to Code Platform just for kids
Teaching Girls to Code
GitHub donates private repositories to women learning open source software
Rails Girls Rocks
Camp Minecraft: How Educators Use the Block Building Game to Inspire Kids to Code
Opening a Gateway for Girls to Enter the Computer Field