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Coding for Kids!

Technology is the future, plain and simple. It amazes me on a daily basis how intuitive my students are when it comes to technology. Rather than just letting this natural proclivity for technology rest solely in Angry Birds and Xbox, we should be pushing our students to learn computer science and coding. I know very little about coding, but with the help of some friends who work in computer science and the following resources, I am hoping to integrate coding into my curriculum weekly.
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Coding for Kids!
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    Just a real short and sweet overview and snapshot at why coding is not only cool, but useful in a real-world way! I like to display this on the board when I bring up the topic of coding with my kids! It is a great visual and no-nonsense look at why we should be teaching coding!
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    Code.org is a great place to start when investigating the world of coding. This site not only offers courses and trainings based in coding but also videos, posters, and how-to resources from code.org as well as many outside resources. My favorite thing about this site is the ‘Hour of Code’ campaign that is a great first step in introducing code to your kids. If you want to learn how to code and how to teach code, get on code.org right now!
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This website is all that you need to get started in the world of coding. Awesome videos (even one from Obama!), instructional guides, powerful website suggestions, and basic information regarding coding are a few of the countless resources that this website offers.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    I was hesitant to include this resource, as I am fairly new to signing up for it. HOWEVER, it is too good not to mention. As I have said, I am a coding newbie. A lot of my students are far more advanced than I am with the skill, but this program allows even a newbie like myself to feel competent with coding. Whether you want to build your students coding confidence, spark their interest, or just play around with the concept-this program is perfect.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    You can never go wrong with a TED-talks, and this one is no different. Mitch Resnick, an MIT software programmer, offers fresh and inspiring ideas about coding. His thoughts on hooking kids on coding via creating games is simply genius. And his insight about needing to be able to fluently CREATE as well as READ technology, is inspirationally flawless.