Education-technology blogger Larry Dignan offers a list of resources for teaching computer-programming skills to young students. Among his suggestions are Scratch, from the MIT media lab, and Microsoft's Kodu, a language for programming games. For high-school students, Dignan suggests SQL Zoo, which is meant to help teach database structure
Scratch: a programming language for everyone (especially middle school and up). Create interactive stories, games, music and art - and share them online.
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.
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