Coding for Kids Blog

How Eo You Explain Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) To Kids?
How Eo You Explain Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) To Kids?

3 July, 2021

When we delve into the world of programming, some seriously technical terminology can emerge. But before your kids’ eyes glaze over, there are ways to explain concepts of technology in a way that they can understand.

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Micro:bit vs Arduino
Micro:bit vs Arduino

1 July, 2021

Learning to code for hands-on learners could not be more engaging than with micro:bit or Arduino. These two microcontrollers are perfect for kids who love exciting gadgets, experiments and games!

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AI Gaming and Machine Learning for Kids
AI Gaming and Machine Learning for Kids

18 June, 2021

Artificial Intelligence has been the mainstay of sci-fi for years. But such fantastical creations as self-driving cars and robotic helpers are no longer the stuff of fiction, and are slowly making their way into everyday life.

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What is Pygame?
What is Pygame?

18 June, 2021

When introducing your kids to coding it is vital to take their interests into account, in order to make their learning experience as successful as possible. Luckily, developing video games is one of the best ways that kids can learn to code, with plenty of engaging visual elements and a fun, playable outcome.

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Myths about Coding for Kids
Myths about Coding for Kids

11 June, 2021

Even though technology and programming are present in literally every field and offer exciting activities for every interest, many misconceptions abound which discourage kids from learning to code.

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Coding with micro:bit
Coding with micro:bit

2 June, 2021

Gone are the days when budding coders needed a clunky desktop to learn programming. Today, kids can use a micro:bit – a pocket-sized computer developed by the BBC, that introduces them to how software and hardware work together and helps them to learn to code.

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App Development Classes for Kids and Teens
App Development Classes for Kids and Teens

15 April, 2021

Digital communication and entertainment has become the center of our world – and our kids’ world too, as smartphones and apps like YouTube, WhatsApp and TikTok have alleviated their isolation during the pandemic. But some might ask whether our kids’ reliance on technology has gone too far.

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Coding for Elementary School Students
Coding for Elementary School Students

19 March, 2021

Schools cannot keep up with the times. Many kids only get their first taste of CS and coding when at middle or high school – but in today’s rapidly evolving digital world, this is really too late. By the time a child reaches K-5, they’ll have been exposed to literally thousands of hours of screen time through chatting to their friends on social media, gaming, watching YouTube videos, doing remote learning…

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Coding for Kindergartners
Coding for Kindergartners

17 March, 2021

In today’s world, digital literacy is becoming just as important as reading, writing and math skills. Yet introducing a young child to the digital world should go beyond sitting them in front of an iPad for hours on end, but should help them understand how technology works.

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Coding and Tech for Girls
Coding and Tech for Girls

17 February, 2021

The gender gap in tech did not always exist. In fact, from the Second World War until the 1960s, women constituted the majority of the technically trained workforce in the computing industry! In these early days....

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STEM Coding For Kids
STEM Coding For Kids

9 February, 2021

We often hear that learning a programming language is just as important for the younger generation as studying a foreign language. If we look at coding through this lens, then this opens up a whole world of learning opportunities in the STEM classroom – after all, the best way to learn a language is to put it into practice!

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Is Coding Considered a STEM Subject?
Is Coding Considered a STEM Subject?

2 February, 2021

The acronym ‘STEM’ stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; it is sometimes extended to ‘STEAM’ with the addition of the Arts or to ‘STEM/CS’ to denote Computer Science. Yet in comparison to science and math, computer science and coding receive much less attention in the school curriculum.

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Top Coding and STEM Gifts for Kids
Top Coding and STEM Gifts for Kids

23 January, 2021

Inspiring your child’s passion for STEM subjects is invaluable, but with school in an online format, science lessons easily lose their excitement. Don’t despair; it’s possible to bring the thrill back to STEM from the comfort of your own home!

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Python vs Java
Python vs Java

18 January, 2021

Python and Java are two of the most popular coding languages in the world, used in a huge range of industries from game development to data science. They power the backend of some of the world’s most popular sites and apps: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix and Uber owe their existence to these two languages.

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Why is digital literacy so important?
Why is digital literacy so important?

18 January, 2021

This year has made it abundantly clear: we live in a digital world. And although it can be daunting for the older generation to be faced with an onslaught of ever-evolving technology, it is different for our kids.

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Screen Time for Kids: Is it Always a Bad Thing?
Screen Time for Kids: Is it Always a Bad Thing?

26 December, 2020

The dreaded phrase: screen time. Usually preceded by the words ‘excessive’, ‘addictive’, and ‘harmful’, screen time has become the culprit for all sorts of societal ills, from obesity to mental health issues. Some would say that this is just moral panic;

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How Can My Kids Use Technology Responsibly and Safely?
How Can My Kids Use Technology Responsibly and Safely?

15 December, 2020

Digital life has eclipsed reality. Using a computer has become the norm for everything, from playdates to pub quizzes. What’s more, school closures and social distancing have forced our kids to spend all the more time in front of their screens.

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 7 Best Coding Summer Camps For Kids Who Love Programming
7 Best Coding Summer Camps For Kids Who Love Programming

9 December, 2020

For the programming experience to be a memorable one, children should be taught using an interactive, fun-filled, and project-based approach. Here are seven of the best summer coding camps available for children who want a fun summer of computer programming.

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Tech companies changing the world
Tech companies changing the world

8 December, 2020

We’ve all heard of the Big Tech companies whose wealth is comparable to the GDP of entire countries. And recent controversial (and, frankly, scary) occurrences – election hacking, social media addiction, fake news – have given tech a bad name.

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Which key skills do you develop while learning to code?
Which key skills do you develop while learning to code?

12 November, 2020

Computer literacy is a critical skill for the younger generation. Tech is one of the fastest growing sectors in the US, and the ability to code offers access to lucrative salaries and a leg-up in the ever-evolving job market. But that’s not all. Learning to code requires multidisciplinary thinking, combining creativity, problem solving, self-motivation, and countless other key skills.

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How to get girls into coding
How to get girls into coding

5 November, 2020

We’ve all seen the movies: the genius scientist saves the day, helped superficially by his female assistant/love interest. In fact, male characters make up over 80% of all scientists seen on the silver screen.

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How to Get the Whole Family Coding
How to Get the Whole Family Coding

30 October, 2020

Today’s kids are digital natives, and learning a computer language is just as useful for them as learning a foreign language. Yet watching your kids grow up in a world of rapidly evolving technology can be daunting for parents. Especially if you are a bit of a technophobe, it can be harder to get involved with your child’s learning process.

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Famous women in STEM
Famous women in STEM

26 October, 2020

Women in STEM have saved countless lives with their calculations and discoveries, have facilitated momentous events like the moon landing and the cracking of the Enigma Code, and have helped invent the malaria vaccine and GPS. But we rarely hear their stories.

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Minecraft vs Roblox
Minecraft vs Roblox

17 October, 2020

When you think of computer programming, what springs to mind? Sitting for hours in front of a screen, memorising indecipherably complex languages, and scrutinising reams of text to find one tiny error?

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How to make remote learning more engaging
How to make remote learning more engaging

12 October, 2020

When schooltime and home-time blur into one, things can get tricky. And there is no point denying it – remote learning and home-schooling cannot compete with an in-person school day. The lack of interaction with friends makes learning less appealing, and attention spans stray even more than in real-life classes.

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Extracurricular Activities to Enhance Your Child’s Remote Learning Experience
Extracurricular Activities to Enhance Your Child’s Remote Learning Experience

12 October, 2020

After months of uncertainty about if or when children will return to the classroom, the autumn term has finally arrived. The new academic year looks to be challenging and unsettled, and as of 17th September, only Florida, Texas, Iowa and Arkansas have state-ordered face-to-face instruction on a part-time or full-time basis.

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Activities for a Coding Learning Pod
Activities for a Coding Learning Pod

8 October, 2020

Now that many schools across the country are remaining closed for the autumn term, parents are forming learning pods as an alternative to remote instruction.

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Scratch vs Kodu
Scratch vs Kodu

5 October, 2020

Scratch and Kodu are both visual programming languages (VPLs), in which sequences of drag-anddrop blocks are combined to write lines of code. As children do not need typing abilities to get to grips with the principles of coding, these languages are good as a first coding experience.

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Could learning pods be the new normal for education during the pandemic?
Could learning pods be the new normal for education during the pandemic?

14 August, 2020

The months out of school are taking their toll. The normal school routine has been turned upside down, leading to battles with Zoom and Wi-Fi, restless children missing their friends and routines, and parents attempting to adjust their own demanding schedules.

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Java Coding for Kids
Java Coding for Kids

6 August, 2020

The fact that Java is one of the most widely-used programming languages in the world is down to its multi-platform ability: it can run on all different devices, from smartphones to desktop computers, so you don’t have to worry about kitting your child out with the latest high-spec PC before they can start their coding journey!

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How do I teach my child to code?
How do I teach my child to code?

26 July, 2020

Teaching your kid to code should focus on honing key computational thinking skills and inspiring their imagination and creativity. Activities to engage your child in coding can range from playing simple offline games to animating inventive stories, and as coding for kids becomes ever more popular, there are a vast number of resources available to help your child on their computer programming journey.

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HTML for Kids
HTML for Kids

20 June, 2020

The internet is unbelievably important now, but imagine the role it will play when our kids are adults. In this world of uncertainties, the future of the internet is the one of the few things beyond doubt. Even today the internet of things is no longer the stuff of science fiction; just ask Siri or Alexa.

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JavaScript for Kids
JavaScript for Kids

17 June, 2020

To use JavaScript to its maximum potential kids must also learn HTML and CSS. Though this may sound like a lot when considering learning JavaScript for beginners, it is worth bearing in mind that these languages fully integrate with each other and knowledge of them together is a fast track to a front-end development job, one of the most lucrative and in-demand of all developer jobs. Other career opportunities include full stack web development, and information security software development. This is another reason why JavaScript programming for kids is such an attractive opportunity.

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Games that make Coding Fun for Kids
Games that make Coding Fun for Kids

15 June, 2020

Apps and websites specifically made to teach children coding through games now number in the hundreds. With all the options, it’s easy to find a program that works on your kid’s device, fits your budget and is age-appropriate. Even if your kid can’t type yet there are apps that can teach them to code!

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Robotics for Kids
Robotics for Kids

8 June, 2020

Robotics can help kids develop transferable skills and expertise in various STEM subjects. Kids will acquire computational thinking, logical thinking, problem solving and experimental skills, and learn to use their creativity and imagination.

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Coding Apps for Kids
Coding Apps for Kids

2 June, 2020

Surveys conducted by Common Sense Media in 2017 and 2019 respectively revealed that 42% of children under the age of 8 own their own tablet, and that by the age of 11 over half of children in the US own a smartphone, rising to 84% of teenagers.

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Choosing an Online Summer Coding Camp for your Child
Choosing an Online Summer Coding Camp for your Child

27 May, 2020

Summer camps are a parent’s savior. For some kids, however, the rough-and-tumble camaraderie of camps a million miles away from home with dozens of unknown children is the very definition of hell. Our online summer camps are for the kids who need more than playtime games to fill the summer; for the kids whose eyes light up when they figure out something new; for the kids who have so much to do that they simply don’t have time for sleep-in camps.

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What can 5th graders learn to code?
What can 5th graders learn to code?

27 May, 2020

It’s that stage of life when they’re bright enough to master almost anything. Algebra, Shakespeare and Python are all within reach of 10 year olds.

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Online Summer Coding Camps For Kids
Online Summer Coding Camps For Kids

22 May, 2020

Organizing activities to fill your child’s summer can be a daunting task. After a whole year at school, children relish the chance to finally relax with friends, enjoy hobbies and sports, and attend summer camp.

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Can You Teach Coding Without A Computer?
Can You Teach Coding Without A Computer?

12 May, 2020

Children nowadays are extremely tech-savvy, the ability to use a device does not confer the ability to understand how it works, and this is where unplugged activities make all the difference.

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Online Kids Coding Classes with Live Teachers vs Self-Taught Classes
Online Kids Coding Classes with Live Teachers vs Self-Taught Classes

12 May, 2020

Are online coding classes the perfect fit for your child? Read our article comparing online and traditional coding classes if you’re not sure.

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Speaking To Your Kid About Their Coding Classes
Speaking To Your Kid About Their Coding Classes

6 May, 2020

Start off with these 5 questions and be prepared to be amazed by all the smarts your kid has picked up in their coding lesson!

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4 Reasons Why Classroom Coding Curriculum Isn’t Enough
4 Reasons Why Classroom Coding Curriculum Isn’t Enough

3 May, 2020

Pitfalls in the US computer science curriculum as a whole are impacting computer programming in the classroom...

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What is Roblox?
What is Roblox?

28 April, 2020

The hottest game of 2020 has to be Roblox. It’s already the world’s biggest social gaming platform and it’s only getting bigger. Though your kids may gush on about it as if it’s the coolest new thing. Roblox is a platform where over 50 million games are shared freely by a huge community of mostly novice developers.

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Python for Kids
Python for Kids

27 April, 2020

It is a professional-level multipurpose language used for web development, data analysis, automation, scientific computing, game development and more, and knowledge of Python can be a stepping-stone to a lucrative career. It is suitable for older children and teenagers but can be used by children as young as 8, and its huge user community can provide support and motivation for coders of any ability.

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How to Choose a Computer Programming Language for Kids
How to Choose a Computer Programming Language for Kids

23 April, 2020

For kids especially, its vital that the beginning of their computer programming adventure starts off on the right foot. Giving them a programming language that’s too hard or not in line with their interests could put your child off coding for good.

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What is Kodu?
What is Kodu?

18 April, 2020

Kodu Game Lab is a video game development platform developed by Microsoft. The appealing multimedia and multisensory content present on the platform combined with Kodu’s simple and interactive interface renders it the perfect gateway to programming for young children.

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Scratch for Kids
Scratch for Kids

12 April, 2020

Scratch is a visual programming language (VPL) which teaches children the main principles of programming via sequences of drag-and-drop blocks, combined to create a 2D world.

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Minecraft Basics for Parents
Minecraft Basics for Parents

8 April, 2020

How can a game with clunky characters roaming pointlessly be so addictive? Why can some ‘Steves’ swim in lava and not die? What on earth is the point of riding on pigs? These and many other questions answered.

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Can Kids Learn to Code Before They Learn to Type?
Can Kids Learn to Code Before They Learn to Type?

3 April, 2020

For the best chance of mastering another language, the earlier you start, the better! This doesn’t just apply to foreign languages, but to programming languages too.

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Which Coding Languages Should My Child Learn and Why
Which Coding Languages Should My Child Learn and Why

1 April, 2020

There are a number of different coding languages available for children of all levels, from visual programming languages which substitute complex syntax for colourful icons, to professional-level textual interfaces which give a glimpse of real-life coding.

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5 Ways to Set Your Kids Up for Coding Success
5 Ways to Set Your Kids Up for Coding Success

30 March, 2020

It’s now common knowledge that for kids, learning how to code is a helpful, if not essential skill. Here are five tips for making sure your children get the most out of online coding experiences.

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Online vs Classroom Coding Lessons for Kids
Online vs Classroom Coding Lessons for Kids

28 March, 2020

It’s already clear as day that the future will be online and overflowing with technology. But what about learning? Already many classes which once took place in a classroom have now migrated to computers.

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When should kids start coding?
When should kids start coding?

25 March, 2020

It is never too early or too late to start coding. In a technologically dependent society, an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer science, digital literacy, and programming will put kids in a better place for virtually every aspect of their future.

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