The need for computer programming, software or application development is growing day by day. More and more students are trying to enroll in a computer science graduate program. As this trend is not ending anytime soon, it is now necessary to teach children to code at an early age like any other subject.
Teaching something new in this age of the internet is not a hard thing when most of the courses are available online on YouTube and other educational websites like Edx and Coursera. However, some of the most suitable web sources for your kids to put some time on are:
Web Based Courses
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Hour of Code is an initiative of Code.org. This website offers an hour of session for your kids to learn to code in an interactive and entertaining way. This can be extended further if you want to keep on coding but the main purpose of this website is to give that “first impression is the last impression” kind of thing to your children. This would automatically develop their interest and eventually make them curious to learn more and have some more fun, that too while learning!
Code.org is an online web based computer education website that promotes computer programming and aims to educate every student with the skill of programming. The website is free of cost and most of the courses available are up to date. Once the child has developed his interest in coding, this platform can be the next stop for keeping the interest alive.
If your kid has interests in game designing and development, this could be the perfect place to groom his skills in the type of coding he is interested in. Gamestar Mechanic is a game and community designed for children aged from 7-14. The website uses game based quests where the players have to design the game which makes it educational and fun at the same time.
Kids with interests in animation and games can use this MIT based application to develop their skills in the respective area. Scratch is specifically designed for kids aged from 8-16 but there are no age restrictions as anyone can use the app. Unlike the Gamestar Mechanic, Scratch is free to use.
Although programming might seem like a thing for the grown-ups, in this era of technology when children have iPads at their hands and they waste their time doing nothing but watching videos. It is better to make that device useful for them. Doing other thing is okay too, it’s not okay to restrict it completely, but too much of it is harmful to the children as well as the parents.