November 3, 2015
Code Studio offers some great free courses created by Code.org to help students learn coding. We spent sometime going through the different tutorials provided there and found them really helpful especially for beginners starting to learn the basics of coding and computer science. These can be great resources to use in class to introduce students to the world of programming. These tutorials include interactive games and puzzles that walk learners through the different processes of using codes creatively. Here are some examples :
Hour of Code
This uses a visual programming language called Blockly which allows students to drag and drop blocks to write code. Students will get to learn the foundations of computer science, concepts which are used anywhere from making apps to controlling the Mars rover.
In this game, learners use code to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. They create snowflakes and patterns as they ice skate and make a winter wonderland that they can then share with their friends. In so doing, students get to learn the basics of how to code.
Infinity Play Lab
Students use Play Lab to create a story or game starring Disney Infinity characters.
Using Flappy Code tutorial, students will get to learn how to write their own game in less than 10 minutes.