Free Google Coding Resources for Students

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Coding is becoming one of the essential literacies in the 21st century education. There is a growing demand now for teaching students how to code. In his wonderful TED talk titled "Let's teach kids to code", Scientist Mitch Resnick made this beautiful analogy :
When kids learn to code , it enables them to learn many other things, opens up many new opportunities for learning. It's useful to make an analogy to reading and writing. When you learn to read and write it opens up opportunities for you to learn so many other things, when you learn to read you can then read to learn, which is the same thing with coding, if you learn to code you can code to learn.

Free Google Coding resources for students


There are several reasons why coding is helpful for kids learning. These include: 

  • It helps kids learn in meaningful contexts
  • It teaches them that learning is a process and not a product
  • It teaches them how to take complex ideas and break them down into simpler parts
  • It teaches them how to collaborate with others 
  • It also teaches them how to keep persistent and persevere in the face of frustration when things are not working well
  • It teaches determination and risk-taking
  • It helps them become fluent with technologies and enable them to open up and express their ideas.
  • It helps them be creative and self-expressive
  • It helps them interact with the world around them

I have already covered several coding resources to use with your students in class including : coding websites, coding apps, books on coding, coding games and more. In this post, I want to particularly highlight these helpful coding tools  from Google for Education.

1- Code Gym

Code gym

A Google-supported open source coding laboratory using drawing, music and creative fiction to introduce coding concepts

2-Blockly


Blockly provides a wide variety games that help kids learning coding. These include a Puzzle game for learning blockly shapes, a Bird's game for learning conditionals, a Movie to teach students how to use math to animate a movie, Music to help kids use functions to compose music, and many more

3- Code with Google


Code with Google

Code with Google is a learning hub that offers a plethora of educational resources to help students of all ages and skill levels learn coding and computer programming. 

4- CS First

CS First by Google is a computer science curriculum that helps kids learn coding in fun and engaging ways. It offers a wide variety of free tools and educational resources to facilitate learning coding in class. Kids learn coding through video-based lessons that cover various themes. 

Examples include a unit on Art which features lessons that help kids learn to create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and several other projects. In the Storytelling unit, kids learn the art of telling fun and interactive stories through 8 lessons for beginners. Similarly, the Game Design unit features 8 lessons that help kids learn basic coding concepts by creating different types of video games. Teachers can register with CS First, create their classes and use dashboard to manage and monitor class progress.