Why I’m not excited about the latest coding announcement

Politicians are funny people. They seem to be completely obsessed with short term thinking while saying things like we need to look at the bigger picture. For example, every so often when a multinational company complains that they can’t find workers, some politicians decide that the answer to this problem is to introduce coding into the … Read moreWhy I’m not excited about the latest coding announcement

Computer Programming with Kids

There’s a lot of hype around teaching children to learn computer programming but what age is a child ready to go down the road of programming. Marshall Brain thinks between 10 and 13 in the article linked above. Scratch is a language designed for children aged 8 and above. Whatever age you believe, this article gives some great links to computer programming languages and pre-programming languages for children of all ages.

What's all the fuss with Scratch?

Scratch is a visual programming language suitable for children from the age of 8.  It’s very simple to use and it can lead to some very interesting projects.  Last year, I did a project with some 5th and 6th class pupils where they created a cartoon.  The learning involved was amazing: planning, storyboarding, storytelling, art, … Read moreWhat's all the fuss with Scratch?

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