I (Megan BJ’s sister) run an Adobe User Group where each month we get together to talk about various technologies as they relate to design, photography and/or programming. Last month we had a great presenter, Tamara Eyster, who talked about creating educational games for children. While her presentation was largely geared towards adult educators, we learned that there’s quite a few good resources available that are appropriate for children to use to learn programming as well. I thought I’d take the time to share some of the ones she and others in our group have found to be useful. If you’d like, you can even view Tamara’s gaming for education presentation slides (PDF) online too.
Kodable - Perfect for the youngest programmers about age 5 and under. Kodable teaches kids programming logic, loops, functions and debugging.
Scratch - Kids learn how to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations and helps them learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. It’s a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab and is free of charge.
HappyNerds.net - Has a nice large list of programming resources for kids based on the platform they want to learn on (Windows, iPad, Kindle, etc.)
Lifehacker “How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code - Includes various resources for kids programming and for a variety of age groups.
Kids Ruby - KidsRuby is real Ruby code and runs on any computer.
What kids programming resources have you found helpful? Share them in the comments section below.
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