My Kid Can Code: Computer Programming for Kids is a soon-to-be released eBook that gives you scripted step-by-step lessons that guide you in teaching your child how to program. The course targets children between the ages of 6 and 9, but could be used to teach children who are either older or younger.
It's been over a decade since the beloved brick-building toy company Lego introduced Mindstorms, its robotics system designed to help kids learn programming, along with other science, technology, engineering and math concepts.
Mitch Resnik, the creator of the super-simple Scratch programming language and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, gave a TEDx talk about the value of coding and computer literacy in early education.
Let's take a quick look at four alternatives to the mainstream programming languages that we use today: Scratch, Squeak, Alice and Go (which, put together, may sound like the name of a Saturday morning cartoon show):
Blockly is a web-based, graphical programming editor. Users can drag blocks together to build an application. No typing required.
Check out the demos:
Microsoft is teaming up with Sesame Workshop and National Geographic to develop interactive kids programming for the Xbox 360 that will allow kids to use Kinect motion-sensing and voice recognition technology to interact with educational programs.
A lot of the time as educators we can get so wrapped up in using and teaching technology that we forget that most students have very little to no knowledge on Internet safety. This website provides a wide variety of useful links to resources to assist teachers in discussing Internet safety with students
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