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Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents

Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? These are a few resources parents can share with their kids to help them start learning about programming.

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

I'd also recommend getting involved in the Hour of Code: http://code.org/educate/hoc.

From the website:
Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour.
You can also teach the Hour of Code all year-round. Tutorials will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or "unplugged."

From everyone I knew that did this in their class, they were very happy with it and it offered a way to make learning code a bit more recurring than just a one-lesson stint.

Also, my friend and educator, Sam Patterson (who wrote this post about Coding for Kinders: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/coding-for-kindergarteners-sam-patterson) also wrote this helpful post on how to get started with the hour of code: http://www.mypaperlessclassroom.com/2014/08/primary-teachers-learn-codin....


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