Programming for Kids - How to Make Coding Fun
This course is part of the Fractus Learning 'Bitesize' PD Program for Schools.
“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer — because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs
Programming is becoming an essential skill in nearly every modern industry. In fact, it's predicted that by 2020 there will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than computer science students. Wow!
But more than any of that, when taught correctly, programming can be a whole heap of fun! Learning to code is an amazing, practical and hugely rewarding hobby and skill for kids of all ages.
In this jam-packed 1 hour course, we focus on the tools, techniques and ideas you can use to inspire fun and creativity in programming. With an emphasis on applications, the course steers away from code syntax or the conventions of any specific language and keeps the focus on making coding fun. In fact you won't need any background or knowledge in programming at all.
Covering games, exercises, apps and more, the course is divided into four distinct sections to help guide you from introducing your kids to code, all the way to advancing them into more complex programming:
- Before the Code
- Where to Start
- Next Steps
So if your kids, class or school are excited about using technology to change the world, this course will give you everything you need to provide a practical and fun foundation for your kids to fall in love with coding.
Click "Take This Course" and see just how fun programming can be!
- A firm understanding of the mindset and attitude required to encourage programming with your kids
- Tools and links to the best websites and apps for introducing code to kids
- Overview of the best programming languages, platforms and environments to see kids progress with programming
- Multiple digital and printable resources to initiate, progress and advance programming skills with your kids
- All the resources you need to take your kids to the next level and continue challenging them well into the future
Teachers who want to bring code into class
Schools who want to embrace programming in a fun way
Absolutely no programming experience required
Fractus Learning - Professional development for cutting edge educators
Before the Code
- Why mockups and wireframes?
- Using PowerPoint and Keynote
- Online tools
Programming Concepts with Spreadsheets
- Spreadsheets and programming
- Excel and Numbers
- Google Docs/Drive
- Objective C
- HTML + CSS
Getting Kids Set Up
- Choosing a web browser
- Choosing a text editor
- Viewing code
Where to Start
Resources for Kids Programming
- More options
Scratch - Programming for Beginners
- About Scratch
- Creating a project
- Coding in Scratch
- Advanced examples
Alice - 3D Programming Environment
- What is Alice?
- Alice in education
Games That Make Programming Fun
- Move The Turtle
Coding on iPad
- MIT App Inventor
- iOS Apps
Unity - Building 3D/2D Games
- Overview of Unity
- Unity for schools