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Tools to teach kids to code

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An overview of 6 tools and other resources to teach kids to code.

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Tools to teach kids to code

  1. 1. Tools to Teach Kids to Code Michael Blumenthal Microsoft Office 365 MVP PSC Group
  2. 2. Who is Michael Blumenthal? • 20 years in IT Consulting • Technical Solution Evangelist at PSC Group • Office 365 MVP • Husband and father
  3. 3. Agenda Why? How to start Additional Resources Raffle
  4. 4. This is about you • How many Developers? • How many IT Pros/Admins? • Not in IT? • How old are your children?
  5. 5. Has IT been good to you? What do we want for our kids?
  6. 6. IT offers financial stability Above Average Pay Faster Recovery from Recession
  7. 7. Diff(Av US Salary, AV IT Salary) x 40 yr Career =
  8. 8. From the BLS
  9. 9. OK, How?
  10. 10. Programming! Web Apps Create Games in 3D Worlds Lego Robotics Resources
  11. 11. Rx: 1 hour at a time
  12. 12. 3 Web-Based ways to start programming
  13. 13. 1: Code.org: Frozen
  14. 14. Kids these days….
  15. 15. 2: Scratch.mit.edu
  16. 16. 3: Touch Develop: tdev.ly/hoc
  17. 17. Touch Develop
  18. 18. Touch Develop
  19. 19. 2 Apps to build your own 3D world games
  20. 20. #1
  21. 21. Demo - Kodu
  22. 22. #2
  23. 23. Lego Mindstorms to program robots
  24. 24. Lego Coding Video • http://www.lego.com/en- US/mediaplayer/video/d458b19740714a72bc230f2c2 d2541fe
  25. 25. FIRST Leagues
  26. 26. “I have seen the kids I coach learn problem solving, navigating through complex sets of instructions, and patience.” -- R. Bahary _
  27. 27. More Resources
  28. 28. #1: You are Here • Paper Airplanes • 3D Printing • Digital Music & Rasberry Pi • Minecraft Automation • Model Helicopters • Play Dough Circuits
  29. 29. #2 MSFT Store
  30. 30. #3 Apple Store
  31. 31. #4: Sylvan Learning Centers
  32. 32. #5: Pluralsight
  33. 33. #6: Bing/Google for “teach kids to program” • Daisy the Dino, Move the Turtle • Books • Also, Microsoft Access, PowerShell • List.ly List at http://bit.ly/TTTK2C
  34. 34. Let’s Review
  35. 35. Hours of Coding Fun • Frozen • Scratch • TouchDevelop App Scripting • Kodu & Project Spark 3D Worlds • MindstormsLEGO Resources
  36. 36. Choose Their Own Adventure
  37. 37. Keep in Mind Limit Screen Time Don’t force it Ergonomics
  38. 38. Skills and memories to last two lifetimes
  39. 39. Raffle + Q&A

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