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Articles and resources concerning the learning of programming principles, languages, and information technologies
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This Graphic Novel Replaced The Magic In ‘Harry Potter’ With Computer Programming

This Graphic Novel Replaced The Magic In ‘Harry Potter’ With Computer Programming | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
Ever wish you could have a more modern, realistic version of Harry Potter? Well, now there is!
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Hello Ruby

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Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.
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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

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Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch - YouTube

Scratch is a simple yet powerful programming language for children that is very easy to use yet contains many of the important programming constructs found i...
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Quick and basic introduction to Scratch. If you don't know it this is a good starting point to know what is Scratch and how does it work

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Lego Rovers

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Lego Rovers aims at being an engaging activity for schools-aged children to teach them the challenges of space exploration. In doing so, children will have to learn how to control a space rover taking into account the time delay between the Earth, the moon and Mars. In doing so, kids will have to experiment with the effect of different rules and automation options. This environment naturally justifies the need to code in order to automate  some tasks. From that starting point it would be possible to introduce several paradigms to problem solving, like rule-based systems and planning. In https://2013.spaceappschallenge.org/challenge/lego-rovers/ there are some proposals of extensions for the Lego Rover.

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I Raised My Kids On the Command Line...and They Love It

I Raised My Kids On the Command Line...and They Love It | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
Two years ago, my son Jacob (then 3) and I built his first computer together. I installed Debian on it, but never put a GUI on the thing. It's command-line, and has provided lots of enjoyment off and on over the last couple of years.
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Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code - YouTube

Coding isn't just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it's for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of...
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Electronics projects and open hardware companies for kids | opensource.com

Electronics projects and open hardware companies for kids | opensource.com | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it

Kids are quick learners and have great imaginations. When pursuing an electronic or hardware project with a kid, the most important thing to keep in mind is: keep things playful. As long as their hands are in gunk and they are taking things apart, or there's the possibility of blowing something up, kids will stay interested. As soon as the activity starts to seem like work, they switch off.

 


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Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Are iPads and tablets bad for young children? | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
Paula Cocozza: Tablet ownership has more than doubled in the past few years – and as many parents are finding, children are highly proficient at using them. But are these devices harmful to their development?
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Fragments of various interviews. The tone of the article can be summed-up in this sentence: It is hard to find an expert who thinks that monitored and considered tablet use is harmful.

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Reading, Writing, and Programming: Mitch Resnick at TEDxBeaconStreet - YouTube

Most people view computer coding as a narrow technical skill. Not Mitch Resnick. He argues that the ability to code, like the ability to read and write, is b...
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The self-organizing computer course

The self-organizing computer course | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online -- giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks -- they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.
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An inspiring talk on self-learning and against the standard grading system used in schools

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Let's teach kids to code

Let's teach kids to code | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies -- but also create them. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
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How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence

How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
resources to cultivate creative confidence in kids
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How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code

How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code | Kids Can Code | 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.
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Some apps and development environments suited for children

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Teaching our children to code: a quiet revolution - Telegraph

Teaching our children to code: a quiet revolution - Telegraph | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
The next wave of the digital revolution arrives next year, with every child in the UK being taught computer programming. But is Britain ready?
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To my knowledge UK has been the first country to include programming as a core subject in their primary schools curricula. I think this is the way to go, and other countries will follow the example sooner or later.

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4 Ways To Teach Computing To A New Generation Of Kids

4 Ways To Teach Computing To A New Generation Of Kids | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
Programming conferences are unlikely places to find teachers. But at the recent PyCon UK conference, in the Coventry Technocentre owned by Coventry University, teachers and programmers were working together and sharing their relative expertise.

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Crowdfund this: the Kano computer you can build in 107 seconds

Crowdfund this: the Kano computer you can build in 107 seconds | Kids Can Code | Scoop.it
Building a PC on top of a Raspberry Pi is as easy as Lego with the new Kano Kickstarter project. By Samuel Gibbs
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Complete kit to build a Raspberry Pi computer: a case, wireless keyboard with trackpad, cables, Wi-Fi dongle, and a speaker.


Quick and easy building


SD card loaded with Kano OS, a simplified version of Debian Linux


To facilitate programing includes a visual programming language named Kano Blocks which is ideal for kids and people with little programming experience.

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