Phys .org: Not a ‘math person’? You may be better at learning to code than you think . “New research from the University of Washington finds that a natural aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math knowledge, or numeracy. That’s because writing code also involves learning a second language, an ability to learn that language’s vocabulary and grammar, and how they work together to communicate ideas and intentions. Other cognitive functions tied to both areas, such as problem solving and the use of working memory, also play key roles.”
MakeUseOf: Coding for Kids: The Best Classes and Websites. “If you home school your children, coding becomes even more vital. But even if you’re adept at coding yourself, it might be simpler to rely on online sources. We’ve compiled a list of the best websites and online classes to teach coding for kids.”
Make Tech Easier: Web Code Playground Tools You Should Try. “If you’re at all into web coding, you’ve probably used at least one code playground in your time. These aren’t your usual code editors, but places where you can test your code without worrying about the backend server setup. Codepen and JSFiddle are the two most popular, but, perhaps unsurprisingly (given that the target audience for web code playgrounds is people who have the skills to build code playgrounds themselves), there are many alternatives.”
Arizona State University: New Partnership to Provide Statewide Online Coding Curriculum. “The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas State University, and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center announced a partnership program to provide a statewide online coding curriculum starting with the fall 2020 semester.”
Fossbytes: Learn To Code For Free With 8 Best Free Coding Websites In 2020. “You can not only land a job as a fresher with the help of programming skills but also boost your existing career with the technical know-how of coding. But several beginners struggle to find the right place, to begin with. This is why I have compiled this list of best coding websites where you can learn coding for free. These free programming sites aren’t ranked in any particular order. Learners are advised to try these websites and choose according to their requirements.” Nice annotation. I like the bullet points at the end of each listing.
Make Tech Easier: Useful YouTube Channels that Teach You How to Code. “Learning to code can be complicated. If you’ve found that to be true, but you still would like to learn the skill, you may benefit from project-based video tutorials. These project-based tutorials offer the chance to create actual programs and apps by “coding along” with the maker of the video.”
Make Tech Easier: Seven Coding Games to Help You Build Your Programming Chops. “These coding games cover plenty of languages, age ranges, and skill levels, so whether you’re a complete beginner or looking for something on the next level, there’s a game out there to help you learn coding the best way: by doing it.”
Girl Scouts Blog: BIG NEWS: 42 New Girl Scout Badges to Change the World. “The new programming allows girls to make their own choices about how they want to experience and influence the world while preparing them to address some of society’s most pressing needs through hands-on learning and real-life problem-solving in cybersecurity, coding, space exploration, and citizen science.” This sounds sooooo much better than the Girl Scouts of my youth. I’m a bitty jealous.
Santa Cruz Sentinel: GameBender teaches children how to code while gaming. “Instead of watching a TV show passively on the couch, children can now make changes as they watch and learn how to code, thanks to GameBender. The education startup, created by the makers of Makey Makey, will release its first gaming system Wednesday. Headquartered in Cocoa Beach, Florida, GameBender gives children the ability to make edits to characters and their actions on video games, science apps and DIY TV shows from the visual programming language nonprofit Scratch.”
Fast Company: These tactile blocks teach blind kids to code. “A couple of years ago, as an 8-year-old trying to learn to code, a student named Theo was frustrated. Theo happens to be blind, and the standard tools designed to teach children to code rely heavily on visuals. But over the last year, he’s been a beta tester for something new: a set of physical blocks designed specifically to teach coding to kids with visual impairments. He’s moved on, and now codes in Python.”
Glitch: Welcoming Thimble to Glitch . “TL;DR: Mozilla is beginning the process of shutting down Thimble. While Thimble won’t be closed until December 2019, we’re working with the Thimble team at Mozilla to make it as easy as possible to migrate your Thimble projects to Glitch now, so you can continue to build and publish apps, web pages, and more for free.”
MakeUseOf: What Is Google Script? How to Write Your First Google Apps Script. “If you use Google Apps like Google Sheets or Google Docs, Google Script allows you to accomplish things you could never could with a similar desktop application. Google Script (also known as Google Apps Script) is an application development platform that lets you integrate all of the Google Cloud services you use. Google offers a long list of APIs for each one of their cloud services. By writing very simple Google apps, you can open up an entire world of additional features in each one of Google’s many services.”
PR Newswire: Students Unveil New Tool to Help The World Learn to Code (PRESS RELEASE). “The tool, known as Code Shrew, is the brainchild of Ludwik Trammer and Jamie Nunez. It uses a popular programming language called Python combined with drawing and animation capabilities to teach coding in a way that feels like doodling. Written code is reflected immediately on the screen, allowing users to make mental connections between what they type and how it changes their drawings.” The tool appears to be free. I played with it some and liked it enough that I made an appointment on my calendar to go through the lessons.
TechCrunch: YC-backed Vidcode raises $1.5M to teach teens to code using Snapchat filters, videos, memes and more. “Vidcode, a Y Combinator-backed startup focused on teaching teens how to code, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its curriculum. While there are a number of learn-to-code platforms out there today, Vidcode’s approach is to make coding more interesting to teens by connecting it to their existing interests – like Snapchat filters and memes – while also allowing young coders to leverage their own photos, videos and audio in their projects.”