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OT: Kids Coding?

2018-10-23 by: Jason Griffey
From: Jason Griffey 
Have you taken a look at Scratch?


Super flexible, some interesting robotics stuff you can do with Sphero.
Really fantastic community.

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 8:13 PM Wil Wade  wrote:

> Ok so my daughter wants to graduate out of Sketch. She is more or less
> ready for real coding. She is also interested in Javascript as I showed her
> out to use it to make a button change the color of some text and throw up
> an alert (We should never forget how much this computer stuff looks like
> magic and how easy it is to get a kid interested).
> So what are the suggestions out there? I think she still needs more
> guidance (and fun) than just an editor and a book. It also likely needs to
> be targeted to kids to meet her attention span.
> Things I have been looking at:
> Tynker (Looks nice. Does block coding and real coding. Expensive, and not
> that much in the real coding area?)
> Kodable (Messy look and no way for the kids to log in separately, but
> cheap)
> https://www.codeavengers.com (? and expensive)
> https://codecombat.com (?)

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=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ Got a coworker who is part of a local Coder Dojo group. He's out of town this week, but I'll hit him up for some suggestions when he gets back, apparently there's something called Code Combat that he and one of his sons are super into. Dan

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