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The Hour of Code is here

The Hour of Code is here | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Join millions of students to learn about the Hour of Code, the largest learning event in world history.
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Hour of code which will be held again in December may be an easy and obvious way to bring coding into your classroom, school and district.

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Kids Learn How to Code at Essence Festival Hack-a-Thon

Kids Learn How to Code at Essence Festival Hack-a-Thon | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
The #YesWeCode initiative launches in New Orleans
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Example of learning code through a epistemic event like a Hackathon.

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How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code

How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Whether or not your child grows up to be the next Zuckerberg, programming is a highly useful skill for him or her to learn. It teaches vital problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills. Plus, it can be downright fun for you both. Here are some of the best tried-and-true apps for teaching kids of all ages how to code.
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An informal learner's guide of what to look at to get your children to start coding.

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Kodable

Kodable | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Learn the basics of programming by helping blueFuzz and his family navigate the Technomazes on the planet Smeeborg!
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One of the friendliest coding app companies out there - look for them to tweet frequently @kodable

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Game Design Engine, Make Games for iPhone & Android - GameSalad

Game Design Engine, Make Games for iPhone & Android - GameSalad | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
GameSalad is the world’s fastest game design engine. Learn to make and publish hit games for free on iPhone, iPad, Android & HTML5. No coding required.
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Does not specifically teach coding but teaches computational thinking.

 

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Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Make games, stories and interactive art with Scratch. (scratch.mit.edu)
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One of the older programming application with a large repository of projects.

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Introducing Kids to Java Programming Using Minecraft (Arun Gupta, Miles to go ...)

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Example of a father teaching coding using Minecraft.

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Heading Off to Summer 'Coding Camp' (EdSurge News)

Heading Off to Summer 'Coding Camp' (EdSurge News) | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Summer’s coming and for kids across the U.S., that means one thing: camp. And nothing beats the summer brain drain than learning to build things. No, not Popsicle stick houses and lanyards--we’re talking code. Although they’ve been around since the late 70’s, computer camps are seeing a surge of int
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An example of a trend is programming summer camps.

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Official Google Blog: Things you love are Made with Code

Official Google Blog: Things you love are Made with Code | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Along with Chelsea Clinton, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA, Mindy Kaling, MIT Media Lab, National Center for Women & Information Technology, SevenTeen, TechCrunch and more, Google is launching Made with Code, an ...
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4 Reasons Why I Got Involved With the “Hour of Code” Movement

4 Reasons Why I Got Involved With the “Hour of Code” Movement | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Coding will significantly shape the landscape of education. Check 4 Reasons to be a part of the "Hour of Code" movement.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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Programmer perspective on why teaching code is important.

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Coding for Kindergarteners

Coding for Kindergarteners | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices. (New!
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K-5 tech teacher blog post on teaching coding to kindergarteners.

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Voices: Why our girls are going to coding camp - USA TODAY

Voices: Why our girls are going to coding camp - USA TODAY | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Voices: Why our girls are going to coding camp USA TODAY But without the basics, they're always going to be on the outside looking in, at the mercy of those for whom coding isn't a magical process that somehow makes the Angry Birds fly...
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A mother's view of why she is sending her daughters to coding camp.

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Coding with Notch (from Minecraft: The Story of Mojang)

AVAILABLE NOW! $20 2 DISC DVD - http://www.fangamer.net/products/minecraft-the-story-of-mojang $8 DRM-FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD http://www.minecraftstoryofmojang...
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Ending curation piece featuring one of the most beloved coders - the game designer that brought us Minecraft.

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The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code

The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
#YesWeCode looks to close the coding inequality gap
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Project to make sure that coding is not privileged knowledge.

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Is coding the new literacy?

Is coding the new literacy? | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Why America's schools need to train a generation of hackers.
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Computational thinking is the key to learning how to code.

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Digital learning specialist Anna Adam provides a quick overview of seven apps that are appropriate for teaching younger children one of the most critical 21st century skills: coding.
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If you'd like to have an idea of where to start looking at coding projects to bring into your classroom from an educator's point of view.

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Tynker

Tynker | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Tynker makes it fun and easy to learn computer programming. Get started today with Tynker's easy-to-learn, visual programming course designed for young learners in 4th through 8th grades.
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Hakitzu Elite - Kuato Studios - Inspiring the Future of Learning

Hakitzu Elite - Kuato Studios - Inspiring the Future of Learning | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
We're an educational games developer that inspires and engages learners by capturing the excitement of learning through video games. Backed by Horizons Ventures, our London-based studio is home to talent from world-renowned games studios, AI specialists and award-winning education experts.
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Learning app that is fun again part of a highly accessible company that will talk to you about bringing the app into the classroom.

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Hopscotch - Coding for kids

Hopscotch teaches kids to code using simple, intuitive building blocks. Kids can make games, animations and programs in this colorful, interactive environment.
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Program being used in many schools and coding clubs in K-4.

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Home | CoderDojo

Home | CoderDojo | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
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Coding club format which may be worth investigating if you are looking for structure and collaborators.

 

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Should Everybody Learn to Code? - Computerphile

With Code.org in the US and the Next Gen report in the UK, there's currently a real push to include Computer Science in schools, but should everybody learn t...
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"Learning coding is like teaching digital gravity."

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Code camp may unlock future for Kentucky students - Lexington Herald Leader

Code camp may unlock future for Kentucky students - Lexington Herald Leader | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Lexington Herald Leader Code camp may unlock future for Kentucky students Lexington Herald Leader Campers in the Minecraft Mod camp at Newton's Attic, just one of multiple coding and computer programming summer camp offerings over the summer break,...
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Coding as seen as creation rather than just consuming.

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Idea of Teaching Kids Coding in Elementary and High School Slowly Gaining Traction in Canada - Techvibes.com

Idea of Teaching Kids Coding in Elementary and High School Slowly Gaining Traction in Canada - Techvibes.com | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
It's slow going but the teaching of coding to schoolchildren in Canada is finally catching on.
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Anchor article from a Canadian perspective on why it is important to teach coding. It also has links to several other articles on the topic.

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$50 million Google coding initiative targets girls - USA TODAY

$50 million Google coding initiative targets girls - USA TODAY | Coding for Kids | Scoop.it
Tech Times $50 million Google coding initiative targets girls USA TODAY On Thursday, Gaston and 150 other New York-area high school girls will attend the kickoff event for Made with Code, a $50 million Google initiative with the simple and singular...
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Short article on Google project to get more girls coding.

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What Most Schools Don't Teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony H...
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Video from code.org that discusses why every student should learn to  code.

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