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Coding – Programming

vector of a robotupdated 6-5-16

Program on computers, iPads, laptops–whatever works, whatever age. I’ll start this list with web-based options, by grade level and then continue with a mash-up. Click for coding apps:

Kindergarten

  1. BotLogic–great for Kindergarten and youngers
  2. Code.org–learn to code; with teacher accounts, no student emails required (join with Join code)
  3. Dash and Dot--hardware robots, must be bought
  4. Foos–app or desktop; K-1
  5. How to train your robot–a lesson plan from Dr. Techniko
  6. Kodable--great for K-2–learn to code before you can read
  7. Primo–a wooden game, for ages 4-7
  8. Program a human robot (unplugged)

1st Grade

  1. Code.org–learn to code; with teacher accounts, no student emails required (join with Join code)
  2. Espresso Coding–for youngers
  3. Foos–app or desktop; K-1
  4. Hopscotch–programming on the iPad
  5. Kodable--great for K-2–learn to code before you can read
  6. Primo–a wooden game, for ages 4-7
  7. Tynker

2nd Grade

  1. Code.orglearn to code; with teacher accounts, no student emails required (join with Join code)
  2. Espresso Coding–for youngers
  3. Google Spreadsheets–decode and fill in color coded pictures
  4. Hopscotch–programming on the iPad
  5. How do you program a robot–BBC’s version of this topic; includes a video, game, and more
  6. Kodable--great for K-2–learn to code before you can read
  7. Kodu–build and play games
  8. Pivot Stickfigure Animator–free, download, powerful, with a cult following
  9. Tynker

3rd Grade

  1. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  2. Kodu–build and play games
  3. Minecraft

4th Grade

  1. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  2. Khan Academy Computer Science
  3. Minecraft
  4. Robotics
  5. Scratch
  6. Snap!—runs in your browser
  7. Squeakland–build etoys with downloaded software
  8. WaterBear–web-based simple programming with drag-drop; free

5th Grade

  1. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  2. Google Spreadsheets–code the spreadsheet with color that will reveal a secret picture
  3. Khan Academy Computer Science
  4. Lego Digital Designer
  5. Minecraft
  6. Robotics
  7. Scratch
  8. Snap!—runs in your browser
  9. Squeakland–build etoys with downloaded software
  10. Tinkercad–3D modeling–fee–perfect for 3D printing
  11. Windows Property menu–create a shortkey for any Windows tool through properties. Here’s a how-to.
  12. Wolfram Alpha widgets

Middle School

  1. Alice
  2. Auto Hotkey–free–simple shortkey programming for students; requires download
  3. Build with Chrome–kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser
  4. Code Avengers
  5. Code Monster
  6. Codesters–fun coding for middle school; students code and see the result on side-by-side screens
  7. Gamestar Mechanic–design video games
  8. Hakitzu–learning through games
  9. Khan Academy Computer Science
  10. Lego Digital Designer
  11. Looking Glass—animated story–offshoot of Alice
  12. Minecraft
  13. Notepad–coding using the Windows Notepad
  14. Python
  15. RoboMind–downloaded software
  16. Robotics
  17. Scratch
  18. Snap!—runs in your browser
  19. Squeakland–build etoys with downloaded software
  20. Tinkercad–3D modeling–fee–perfect for 3D printing
  21. Typing.IO–typing code for practice
  22. Windows Property menu–create a shortkey for any Windows tool through properties. Here’s a how-to video.
  23. Wolfram Alpha widgets

Build a Game

  1. GameSalad–no programming knowledge required; drag-drop

Hour of Code

  1. By grade--in one school
  2. Code.org
  3. the Foos
  4. Hour of Code intro
  5. Intro video
  6. Itch–videos to teach kids how to code
  7. Khan Academy Hour of Code
  8. K-8 lesson plan bundle
  9. LiveBinder collection of links
  10. Hour of Code overview, basics, and more
  11. Resources
  12. Scratch tutorial–for Hour of Code
  13. Tynker

Scratch

  1. Animate a Sprite
  2. Animation
  3. Backgrounds–change with Broadcast
  4. Broadcast basics
  5. Broadcast sprite
  6. Broadcasting and sensing
  7. Create a sprite video
  8. Create a sprite video II
  9. Import new Sprite
  10. Intro
  11. Intro–basic skills
  12. List of tools
  13. Make sprite talk
  14. Move a sprite
  15. Programming with Scratch–college course with free enrollment from Harvey Mudd
  16. Scratch Curriculum from Scratch Ed
  17. Scratch Debug Activities
  18. Scratch Ed
  19. Scratch intro and basics–13 min.–very good
  20. Scratch main websites
  21. Scratch resources from Scratch Ed
  22. Symbaloo collection of Scratch resources

Miscellaneous

  1. Animatron–design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices.
  2. BrainPop coding games
  3. Build a website–a guide
  4. Chrome Experiments–geeky experimentation with programming
  5. C-STEM Studio–download to teach computers, science, technology, engineering and math with robotics
  6. Google Computer Science for High School–free workshops (with application) for K-12 teachers
  7. I like programming video
  8. Kodu—game programming
  9. Learn to code
  10. Minecraft coding mod
  11. Robby Leonardi–programmer–a game played about programming in the style of Mario
  12. Roboblockly–to teach coding and math, from UCDavis
  13. Stencyl–build games without coding with downloaded software
  14. Symbaloo collection for coding
  15. TED Talk on young programmers

Click for an Hour of Code lesson plan bundle (K-8).

Click for Robotics 101 lesson plan.


3 Responses to Coding – Programming

  1. Jacqui

    Thanks, Robert. Should be quite useful.

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