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Foundations of Programming: Programming for Kids
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Foundations of Programming: Programming for Kids

with David Gassner

Video: Welcome

My name is David Gassner, and this This course is actually for parents and educators who want to help For the youngest programmers, I'll show you apps that you can load onto tablets, I'll then move on to software for older kids that's available for PC's and Macs.

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Foundations of Programming: Programming for Kids
2h 9m Beginner Mar 06, 2014

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Kids are naturally excited about building, whether it's building blocks or building rockets. Programming can be just as much fun. And the skills kids gain programming can help them feel accomplished, while giving them a head start in our fast-paced digital world. This course is designed to help parents and educators introduce programming concepts to kids of all ages, from grammar school to high school. David Gassner starts with a description of different learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic, or visual) and talks about how kids' programming tools appeal to different styles. He then introduces mobile device apps for young programmers that let them animate graphical images using simple block-based programming. For older kids, he introduces software such as Scratch for more advanced animation, MIT App Inventor for programming real Android apps, and tools that teach core languages like JavaScript and Java. The final chapter covers how kids can work with robots and other hardware like the Raspberry Pi, which show how programming can work in the real world.

Topics include:
  • Understanding your child's learning style
  • Graphical programming on iPads and computers
  • Making things move
  • Learning about algorithms
  • Programming animations, apps, and games
  • Learning JavaScript and other core languages
  • Programming virtual and real robots
  • Programming hardware: Arduino and Raspberry Pi
Subjects:
Developer Programming Languages
Software:
JavaScript Ruby
Author:
David Gassner

Welcome

My name is David Gassner, and this is Foundations of Programming: Programming for Kids. This course is actually for parents and educators who want to help young programmers learn the fundamentals of programming and build their coding skills. But programming is fun. And that will be our focus throughout the course. First we'll have a brief discussion of some theories of childhood learning. For the youngest programmers, I'll show you apps that you can load onto tablets, that let kids animate objects using simple block-based visual programming.

I'll then move on to software for older kids that's available for PC's and Macs. It includes the same sort of block-based programming, with tools like Scratch, and App Inventor that lets you build real android apps. And I'll also look at programming environments that help kids learn real languages, like Ruby and JavaScript. And then we'll get to the really cool stuff. I'll finish the course with real world programming tools. Showing you how kids can build and program robots.

And other hardware such as the Arduino circuit board and the Raspberry Pi computer on a card. If you're a parent or an educator who works with potential young programmers, I hope this course helps you find the tools you need that help kids learn how to program.

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