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Last spring, Edutopia blogger, Vicki Davis published a great resource for anyone interested in teaching students to code with or without a computer. The notion that we can teach students to code “even without a computer” is intriguing to me because as important as I believe exposure to coding is for all students, I believe (like Davis) exposure to computer science is equally important because “it impacts every career in the 21st century world.” With this in mind, I’d like to share a sampling of Davis’ recommendations below. Check out Davis’ entire blog post here. tlb
Kodable – iPad app; useful working with students 5 and up
Upper Elementary and up:
Scratch – programming game can be downloaded or used on the Web; supported by MIT
Hopscotch – iPad app; free e-book to be used with Hopscotch in classroom
Alice – used to create a game, tell a story or make an animated video. Like Scratch is free and supported by educators
Kodu – programming tool can be used on a PC or XBox to create a game. There is also a math curriculum associated with Kodu.