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20 Programming Websites for K-8

December 9-15, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it. It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. They’ll include a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. No experience needed. Watch this “how to” video for more information.

In honor of the upcoming Hour of Code, here are a list of websites to practice everything from basics to advanced:

  1. Activate!—create gamescode
  2. Alice
  3. Blockly
  4. Code–learn to code, for students
  5. Code Monster
  6. Gamestar Mechanic–design video games
  7. Hakitzu
  8. Hopscotch–programming on the iPad
  9. I like programming video
  10. Khan Academy Computer Science
  11. Kodu—game programming
  12. Learn to code
  13. Lego Digital Designer
  14. Looking Glass—animated story
  15. Pony Mixer
  16. Python
  17. Scratch
  18. Snap!—runs in your browser
  19. Tynker
  20. Wolfram Alpha widgets

 

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachersa columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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