What is Coding?
Coding refers to computer programming. It is the primary language between humans and robots and consists of a set of instructions that will tell a computer or robot what to do. There are several different programming languages (e.g. HTML, C++, Java, Python) and the choice of a language depends on your intention. Also, a new, user-friendly form of visual/block programming (e.g. Scratch Junior, Scratch, Blockly) allows students to assemble ready-made blocks of code using the drag-and-drop method. This type of coding is great for younger students or as an initiation to coding.
Coding Programs and Software
With ScratchJr, young children can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. This program works with tablets and Chromebooks. It is provided free of charge.
This is the latest version of Scratch. It is free. It works on a tablet or Chromebook. You can connect Scratch to Micro:Bits, EV3, WeDo 2.0, Google Translate, Makey Makey, and more!
You can create with Scratch or explore projects that other users created. We encourage you to try remixing other people’s projects! Copy someone else’s project and change it to make it your own (with credit, of course).
Makecode is a block programming website designed to work with the Micro:bit. This platform makes it easy to connect your device, to write interesting code using the Micro:bit’s sensors, and to share your work with your colleagues. It features a visualizer that shows you what your code will do after it has been uploaded to your Micro:Bit, and it has tutorials to help you get started.
TurtleArt is an innovative program designed to facilitate artistic expression and design through code! It works on tablets and computers and is a great starting point for students who want to make art by programming.
Snap! is a free, blocks- and browser-based educational graphical programming language that allows students to create interactive animations, games, stories, and more, while learning about mathematical and computational ideas.