Programming for Kids - How to Make Coding Fun

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This course is part of the Fractus Learning 'Bitesize' PD Program for Schools. -- “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer — because it teaches you how to think.” - Steve Jobs Programming is becoming an essential skill in nearly every modern industry. In fact, it's predicted that by 2020 there will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than computer science students. Wow! But more than any of that, when taught correctly, programming can be a whole heap of fun! Learning to code is an amazing, practical and hugely rewarding hobby and skill for kids of all ages. In this jam-packed 1 hour course, we focus on the tools, techniques and ideas you can use to inspire fun and creativity in programming. With an emphasis on applications, the course steers away from code syntax or the conventions of any specific language and keeps the focus on making coding fun. In fact you won't need any background or knowledge in programming at all. Covering games, exercises, apps and more, the course is divided into four distinct sections to help guide you from introducing your kids to code, all the way to advancing them into more complex programming: Preparation Before the Code Where to Start Next Steps So if your kids, class or school are excited about using technology to change the world, this course will give you everything you need to provide a practical and fun foundation for your kids to fall in love with coding. Click "Take This Course" and see just how fun programming can be! Who is the target audience? Parents who want to encourage programming skills Teachers who want to bring code into class Schools who want to embrace programming in a fun way Absolutely no programming experience required
  • Introduction
    00:02:14
  • Preparation
    00:10:06
    • Setting Expectations
      00:03:15
    • Mindset and Motivation
      00:04:20
    • Sketching and Drawing
      00:02:31
  • Before the Code
    00:14:10
    • Creating Mockup
      00:03:11
    • Programming Concepts with Spreadsheets
      00:03:20
    • Programming Languages
      00:04:17
    • Getting Kids Set Up
      00:03:22
  • Where to Start
    00:26:26
    • Resources for Kids Programming
      00:03:10
    • Scratch - Programming for Beginners
      00:04:10
    • Alice - 3D Programming Environment
      00:04:59
    • Games That Make Programming Fu
      00:04:51
    • Coding on iPad
      00:04:01
    • Building Apps
      00:03:20
    • Unity - Building 3D/2D Games
      00:02:05
  • Next Steps
    00:12:51
    • Online Communities and Forums
      00:03:14
    • Getting Involved in Computer Clubs
      00:01:13
    • The Raspberry Pi
      00:02:04
  • Recommended Books for Kids
    00:06:20
  • Wrap Up
    00:00:57
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