Programming for Kids - How to Make Coding Fun
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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.
4.4 (425 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
11,551 students enrolled
Created by Fractus Learning
Last updated 3/2014
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • Computer or mobile device
  • Internet connection
  • Motivation to see kids fall in love with coding

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:

  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 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
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:14
  • High level course overview
3 Lectures 10:06
  • The importance of setting expectations
  • The Flow Channel
  • Building a house
Setting Expectations

  • Thinking like a programmer
  • Mindset exercises
  • Minecraft
Mindset and Motivation

  • Benefits of sketching
  • Creating paper apps
  • Prototyping tools
Sketching and Drawing
Before the Code
4 Lectures 14:10
  • Why mockups and wireframes?
  • Using PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Online tools
Creating Mockups

  • Spreadsheets and programming
  • Excel and Numbers
  • Google Docs/Drive
Programming Concepts with Spreadsheets

  • Python
  • Java
  • Ruby
  • Objective C
  • HTML + CSS
Programming Languages

  • Choosing a web browser
  • Choosing a text editor
  • Viewing code
Getting Kids Set Up
Where to Start
7 Lectures 26:26
  • Codecademy
  • More options
Resources for Kids Programming

  • About Scratch
  • Creating a project
  • Coding in Scratch
  • Advanced examples
Scratch - Programming for Beginners

  • What is Alice?
  • Alice in education
Alice - 3D Programming Environment

  • Cargo-Bot
  • Lightbot
  • Move The Turtle
Games That Make Programming Fun

  • Tynker
  • Hopscotch
  • Codea
Coding on iPad

  • MIT App Inventor
  • iOS Apps
Building Apps

  • Overview of Unity
  • Unity for schools
Unity - Building 3D/2D Games
Next Steps
4 Lectures 12:51
  • Stack Overflow
  • Forums
  • Blogs
Online Communities and Forums

  • Joining a computer club
  • CoderDojo
  • After-school programming
Getting Involved in Computer Clubs

  • What is the Raspberry Pi?
  • Project ideas
The Raspberry Pi

  • Book recommendations
Recommended Books for Kids
Wrap Up
1 Lecture 00:57
  • Thank You!
Thank You
About the Instructor
Fractus Learning
4.4 Average rating
540 Reviews
17,558 Students
3 Courses
Professional development for cutting edge educators

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.