Programming for Kids - How to Make Coding Fun

Explore free tools, techniques and ideas to inspire fun and creativity in your children's approach to programming.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (1,918 ratings)
45,039 students
Programming for Kids - How to Make Coding Fun
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (1,918 ratings)
45,039 students
A firm understanding of the mindset and attitude required to encourage programming with your kids
Tools and links to the best websites and apps for introducing code to kids
Overview of the best programming languages, platforms and environments to see kids progress with programming
Multiple digital and printable resources to initiate, progress and advance programming skills with your kids
All the resources you need to take your kids to the next level and continue challenging them well into the future

Requirements

  • Computer or mobile device
  • Internet connection
  • Motivation to see kids fall in love with coding
Description

This course is part of the Fractus Learning 'Bitesize' PD Program for Schools.

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“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:

  1. Preparation
  2. Before the Code
  3. Where to Start
  4. 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 this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
6 sections • 20 lectures • 1h 6m total length
  • Introduction
    02:14
  • Setting Expectations
    03:15
  • Mindset and Motivation
    04:20
  • Sketching and Drawing
    02:31
  • Creating Mockups
    03:11
  • Programming Concepts with Spreadsheets
    03:20
  • Programming Languages
    04:17
  • Getting Kids Set Up
    03:22
  • Resources for Kids Programming
    03:10
  • Scratch - Programming for Beginners
    04:00
  • Alice - 3D Programming Environment
    04:59
  • Games That Make Programming Fun
    04:51
  • Coding on iPad
    04:01
  • Building Apps
    03:20
  • Unity - Building 3D/2D Games
    02:05
  • Online Communities and Forums
    03:14
  • Getting Involved in Computer Clubs
    01:13
  • The Raspberry Pi
    02:04
  • Recommended Books for Kids
    06:20
  • Thank You
    00:57

Instructor
Professional development for cutting edge educators
Fractus Learning
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 2,419 Reviews
  • 61,430 Students
  • 3 Courses

Fractus Learning works with educators around the globe to promote cutting edge technology skills, tools and resources. We focus on how technology can improve the learning experience, pedagogical outcomes and make education a joy for all students.

Our goal is to motivate, excite and enhance the teaching skill set with the use of technology, making sure educators are always on the cutting edge.