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Top 25 Resources for Teaching Kids How to Code

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Top 25 Resources for Teaching Kids How to Code

We are always looking for ways to inspire educators to help their students reach their potential on a variety of fronts.  One of the ways that teacher’s can really help prepare their students for the complexity and ever-growing technological advancements that we are (and will be continuing to ) experiencing in the 21st century and beyond, is to help them learn how to code.  Sure, you probably don’t know how to code yourself, but that is no excuse for not trying to teach students this valuable skill set.   I know there are a ton of resources on the web that can teach you how to code yourself, or how to teach coding to your kids as an educator.  To assist you in your coding endeavors, I decided to put this post together that includes the top 25 resources for teaching kids how to code.

Let’s Teach Kids to Code

Before you start going through the list, take a moment to listen to or watch this TED video given by MIT Professor Mitch Resnick.  It’s chock full of some really good insights on why we should teach are kids to code sooner rather than later.

 Top 25  Coding Resources for Kids

Hopefully Mitch Resnick’s TED talk persuaded you on the benefits of teaching kids to code, and how its not just for computer whizzes, but rather for everyone.  Okay, are you ready for this list?  It is a no frills list.  No bells or whistles, 5 stars here, 4 stars there.  I put it together so you can quickly evaluate each resource on your own, and make your own decision on which one best suites your classroom needs and your student’s levels of coding comprehension.   Here you have it… the Top 25 Resources for Teaching Kids How to Code.

  1. Swift Playground
  2. Code.org
  3. Lightbot
  4. Tech Rocket
  5. Mine Craft
  6. Scratch
  7. HopScotch
  8. Kids Ruby
  9. Cargo Bot
  10. Move The Turtle
  11. Rasberry Pi
  12. Daisy The Dinosaur
  13. Scratch Jr.
  14. Sphero
  15. Crunchzilla
  16. Kodable
  17. Shaw Academy
  18. Khan Academy
  19. Tynker
  20. Made With Code
  21. Hour of Code
  22. Construct 2
  23. Teq
  24. Google CS First
  25. Blocky

I sincerely hope you found one of these coding resources to your liking.  If you think it would be helpful, I can put these resources in a spreadsheet that lists out their various attributes and grade levels, just let me know.

Which coding resource did you find to be the best?

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by Nathan Lee

Nathan holds an MBA, has blogged on entrepreneurship, leadership, and business for the past decade, has served in a leadership role for one of the largest Non-Profit Organizations within the Financial Education Industry, and has a sincere passion for education and inspiring potential.

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