Neowin: Google brings Grasshopper programming instruction tool to the desktop

Neowin: Google brings Grasshopper programming instruction tool to the desktop. “With the expansion onto the desktop, two new classes have been added to Grasshopper which are specifically designed for use on desktops and laptops and use a code editor. The aim of the classes is to give an introduction to developing webpages. The Intro to Webpages course will teach users the basics of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS in order to get them building simple webpages.”

Make Tech Easier: Useful YouTube Channels that Teach You How to Code

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

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.”

BIG NEWS: 42 New Girl Scout Badges to Change the World (Girl Scouts Blog)

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

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

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

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.”