As we enter another week of social distancing in the wake of COVID 19, we know that many parents are looking for ways to entertain and educate their children now home from school or taking online classes for part of the day.
In an effort to help you keep the youngsters entertained and help them learn something new, we've compiled a list of resources (many of them free!) to help you children and teens learn to code.
Grades: 3 — 10
Why we like it: Designed by MIT students, Scratch offers the opportunity for students ages 8-16 to build stories, games, and animations and share with others in the Scratch community. Think of this as virtual legos.
Grades: 5 +
Grades: K +
Grades: 9 +
Why we like it: Formerly a code school, Pluralsight allows users to see where their skills stand, master the latest technologies and show off their expertise. Pluralsight will help you choose which courses are the best fit for you, shows you how many hours each course will take and what skill you will accomplish from it.
Grades: 9 — 12
Grades: K —12
Why we like it: Offering resources for students, parents, and educators alike, Code.org offers a full course catalog for students from Kindergarten to 12th grade and beyond. This non-profit is dedicated to bringing computer science to all students. Full-length courses are offered as well as one-hour code tutorial activities featuring favorite characters from Star Wars to Frozen and everything in between.
Grades: 3 - 12
Why we like it: CodeWizardsHQ offers online classes for children 8-18 (3rd-12th grade) years at varying skill levels. Class topics include game programming, Scratch, Web Development, HTML & CSS, Databases, Front End Development, Python Web Framework, Building Mobile Apps, and more!
Girls Who Code
Why we like it: Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology. By equipping girls with the tools they need to learn to code, creating community, and offering resources that serve as a pathway to successful careers, Girls Who Code is making an impact! They've created resources specifically for learning to code at home for beginners to intermediate levels.
Why we like it: With resources for students and teachers alike, Code Avengers helps kick-start students' future with digital at-home learning. You can choose the path that fits your student best and it just a few clicks, make screen time productive! The best part? The programming is fun for students and meets the national curriculum for digital technologies.