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Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.
This book aims at breaking the entry barriers for kids, both boys and girls, to the programming universe. The language chose is ruby, which has one of the most natural grammars I have seen so far in a programming language. Very often, resources to teach/learn programming are written by men, and the contexts are mostly boyish. This book is written by a woman, with a girl as the main character, but is not for girls, or so the author claims. I will review the book after receiving it in Agust 2014
LEGO WeDo is a robotics kit that you can use to connect your Scratch projects to the physical world.
Computational Learning with Coding TCC 4-4
One of the alternative to Scratch is the Alice project It is also free and has community support for teachers.
Makedo makes it easy to create stuff, associate to Arduino, it could be a great starter point to built whatever a kid wants!
A computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. Simple as Lego, powered by Pi. Make games, learn code, create the future.
What is ScratchEd?
ScratchEd is an online community where Scratch educators: share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, and find people,
From Computational Learning with Coding TCC 4-4
Scratch began with education in mind. ScratchEd was nearly simultaneous. Scratch is the coding site...ScratchEd gives educators additional tools to use it.
For every UK student and classroom: learn how fun coding is in just one hour March 3 - 9.
Here are some great posters that illustrate keywords involved with the programming element of the new computing curriculum.
3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD) and Hasbro (HAS) announced today their intent to co-develop, co-venture and deliver play experiences powered by 3D printing for children and their families later this year.
Toys are a natural for the 3d print biz
Alice is an introduction to object-orientated programming that makes coding appealing to young people. Students can test the programs while they create them and watch the sprites change as they manipulate the blocks statements. This tool is recommend for children from 8 years of age. A number of worlds can be created in Alice to incorporate mathematics. Two that I have found to be great examples are Ice Cream Functions and Toy Story discounts. Also provides an opportuniny for introducting the concept of 3D shapes.