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Microsoft has several

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Microsoft has several programming and mobile app tools. Kodu, TouchDevelop, Small Basic, and Kinect SDK - all for free through their Partners in Learning site under Free Tools.
http://www.pil-network.com/resources/tools

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Keith, we actually LOVE Code

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Keith, we actually LOVE Code Academy but since it requires a log-in and password with an email address we didn't feel comfortable putting it on this list. We were thinking of sharing resources for older kids... Like Learnstreet.com!

High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

I can't believe no one has

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I can't believe no one has mentioned Codecademy yet. This might be aimed at older students/ adults, but it's web-based, completely free and has a powerful and enthusiastic user community. You can find it here: http://www.codecademy.com/

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Oh that's right! It was a

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Oh that's right! It was a little triangle... Oh the good ol' days...

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Wow! I had no idea it was

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Wow! I had no idea it was THAT pricey! That *is* a bit much! I wonder then if it would be good for the freebies and then once the concept is down, you move to Scratch... Particularly since Scratch is web based now.

We started using tynker this

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We started using tynker this year and the kids loved it. The lessons were great and the students moved through them fairly easily. However, when we went to purchase the premium part, we discovered that it cost $50 per student! There are only 6 lessons so the students have gotten through most of the free ones already and we can't afford the cost for the premium. It's too bad particularly when other great sites like Scratch are free.

Great list - but who

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Great list - but who remembers using logo before it was a turtle? In 3rd grade (1985) we were supposed to consider it a turtle, but it was just a triangle!

Computer Science Teacher from University Chicago Laboratory Schools

Another wonderful on-line

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Another wonderful on-line programming puzzle "game" is Botlogic. It is ideal for students as young as third grade. www.botlogic.us.

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Wow, chemtchr, that's

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Wow, chemtchr, that's seriously old school. When was the last time you saw anything 90kb that wasn't a text file.

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My son learned to write code

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My son learned to write code at age 7, I'm convinced, from Warren Robinet's little work of Genius, "Rocky's Boots". You can have it for your very own, for free:
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/rockys-boots-cp

Graphics got more sophisticated, of course, but I still think this masterpiece has the bones of a true teacher. My Sammy went on to get bachelors degrees in computer science and cellular and molecular biology from UCSC, and a PhD in computational biology from Columbia.

As research funding has collapsed for appointments at places like Ohio State University, he is now considering an offer from the Queensland Brain Institute. Even if we're going to become a third world country and have to export them, though, let us raise up a generation of little coders.

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