Monday, August 3

HOW TO: apps that introduce kids to coding




The need for children to be “tech-savvy” is becoming more apparent as technology continues progressing at such a rapid pace. Beyond inspiring future career paths, introducing children to coding opens the window to a new way of thinking in regards to solving problems, nurturing creativity, and completing projects.

Engaging in age-appropriate computer programming also enables children to gain confidence in embracing new technology by helping them understand how technology works and the processes involved in developing it.

The following apps offer children simple and kid-friendly opportunities to become familiar with coding.


Scratch

Designed specifically for children, Scratch was created by MIT students and staff.


ScratchJr

 (iPad)
Introduces coding to children as young as five-years-old.


Tynker

(
Web)
An effective tool for teaching programming.


Hopscotch

(
iPad)
This is a great tool to help students without coding experience gain confidence in the basics of programming, logical thinking, and problem-solving.


Daisy the Dinosaur

(iPad)
This provides an easy introduction to programming for younger students. 


Contributed by Doug Fleischli, Fairmont Private Schools

Image by ibtimes

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