Sharing Our Favorite Kids Coding Resources
SUPPORTING PARENTS HOMESCHOOLING THEIR CHILDREN
Living in this new world, and many of us working from home, we’re hearing from many of our friends struggling with helping their children learn at home.
And we know how important it is to keep our youngest generations actively learning. As we focus on training software developers, we wanted to compile our list of favorite resources available.
We will continue to update the list below as we come across additional resources to help kids learn to code while they’re home.
Bookmark this page and we’ll keep adding additional resources as they come in! (Have any suggestions to add? Drop us a line: [email protected])
The new Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial is now available in Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows, Mac, and iPad. Learn the basics of coding and explore AI with your students!
Age of Learning provides schools closed due to the coronavirus with free home access for all affected families to leading digital education programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ. Programs serve students in preschool / pre-k, elementary school, and middle school.
Scholastic is offering day-by-day projects to keep kids reading,thinking, and growing at no cost now.
This is one of the best-known sites for teaching kids and teens to code. Their website tutorials can be used by all ages, from pre-readers to teens preparing for college. You and your child can create a free account, or, if you’re an educator, you can create a teacher account and monitor your students’ progress, assign courses, and learn on your own.
Scratch as an essential tool for our Generation Code Level 1 course. Students can create short animations, musical compositions, and sensory video projects as well as hundreds of other projects. Scratch is an excellent tool to practice visual coding and ignite students curiosity and passion while developing their computational thinking skills. One of our favorite projects is creating your own characters and backgrounds based on uploaded or drawn images. This is a perfect at-home extension for what your student will learn in our Gen Code classes!
This is a mobile device app that allows students to build projects and games. Your child can build their own projects from scratch or they can follow screencast guides to learn how to create their own replicas of projects! They also have a helpful YouTube channel and community forum to ask questions and share tips on projects!
CS Unplugged is the answer for parents who are concerned about screen time, but also want their children to practice their coding skills. This is a wonderful resource because it focuses on the logical foundations of coding – rather than the code itself. The creators have written a book that you can download for free that houses all of the lessons and resources. CS Unplugged also has a Google group and YouTube channel to help you learn more about the lessons and to collaborate with other parents or educators using this curriculum.
Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out.
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