Kids coding

Scratch vs CodaKid: Which Kids Coding Website is Best for Your Child?

Scratch vs CodaKid: Which Kids Coding Website is Best for Your Child?   Earlier this fall, we took a deep dive into kids coding websites Tynker and CodaKid, both Parents’ Choice Gold Award winners and CODiE Finalists for Best Coding and Computational Thinking Solution.   This week we will compare CodaKid and MIT Media Lab’s Scratch,…

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8 Practical Tips for Parents Who Want to Teach Their Kids to Code

Tips for Parents Who Want to Teach Their Kids to Code

Whether you have a career in computer science or whether you are a newbie that is interested in supporting your child’s interests, the art of teaching the basics of programing to kids can be a challenging task.   Common questions that we encounter running a successful online kids coding academy are numerous. When is the best age…

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Why Kids Should Learn Computer Programming (And 5 Quick Tips to Help Them Get Started)

coding for beginners

Today’s kids have remarkably different childhoods than previous generations.   Naturally, just like Baby Boomers or other generations of the past, youngsters in the 21st century are raised by helpful parents and family members, while also becoming subject to the influences from  complex socio-economic and cultural factors of their time.   But children today are experiencing an influence that…

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10 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Learn to Code This Year

My daughter is growing up in a radically different world than the one I grew up in.  By age 3, she was successfully navigating drag and drop coding games on an iPad and solving puzzle games on my phone. Meanwhile, I didn’t get my introduction to computing until middle school on the then revolutionary Apple II. The…

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Is Computer Coding for Kids a Fad or an Essential New Literacy?

Is Computer Coding for Kids a Fad or an Essential New Literacy? Global interest in kids coding is growing exponentially. There are a number of reasons for this trend, ranging from parental concerns about the robot apocalypse and its effects on unemployment, to reports of massive job growth in the tech sector. According to some…

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What is the best programming language for kids?

coding for kids ultimate guide for parents

As the director of a kids coding academy, I am frequently asked my opinion on the best programming language for kids. In my early days, I would reflexively refer parents to visual block programs or user-friendly languages like JavaScript and Python. But I have since changed. My response now is to ask what the child is…

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4 Ways To Make Kids Coding Classes Exciting

4 Ways To Make Kids Coding Classes Exciting     When we started CodaKid kids coding academy in 2014, our first two months were a disaster.  We tried off the shelf curricula and did everything we could to make it exciting. We taught programming theory with rigid lesson plans, and by the end of our beta,…

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