03/04/2020

5 free resources to learn to code with your family

Coding and programming are two words that describe a great tool to bring ideas to life.

Hard to move your young ones off their screens? You can make screen time productive during this rāhui.

Here are five resources to get them to skip cartoons and write code.

And they’ll be learning heaps of those essential future of work skills without knowing it! 

Plus you can join in the fun with them and discover a new skill set for yourself!

HOUR OF CODE

https://hourofcode.com/nz/learn

One-hour tutorials designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. 

All ages

All levels

Tutorials available

Independently or with a friend

Laptop, tablet, phone
Some activities require no computer or tablet

No sign up required


CS UNPLUGGED

https://csunplugged.org/en/
Discover computer science and understand what can and can’t be done with programming.

CS Unplugged is a collection of free teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.
CS Unplugged does not teach coding:  it shows learners what they can do with programming before they have learnt it.

No computer or wifi needed

Challenge-based
Teaching units included

Adults and young ones learn together

No sign up required


CODE AVENGERS

https://www.codeavengers.com/jr
Learn to build websites, apps, games and great design.

Code Avengers’s mission is to ‘make learning digital technologies fun and engaging

Aotearoa based organisation.

Free for 30 days 

Data representation

Programming

Computational thinking

Computers and browser 

Three levels, age 5 to 16

Note: Time for Codebrite kids to log into their Code Avengers’ accounts!


GAMEFROOT

https://remotelearning.co.nz/
Create games, write interactive stories and build animations. Master game design and share your creations.

Game development
Easy coding interface and editor

Written and video tutorials

NZ Curriculum related 

Aotearoa based organisation

Free to use


CODE CLUB AOTEAROA

https://codeclub.nz/ 

The Codeclub projects are step-by-step guides for children to follow and create animations, games, websites and much more.

Codeclub is also a network of teachers and volunteers and has now moved all of its activity online! 

Which means you can enrol a young person, volunteer your time as a helper and/or host a club from your living room! 

Scratch
HTML and CSS
Python
Age 9 to 13

Tutorials included

Aotearoa based organisation 

Free to use


Venture Centre is committed to supporting the digital and entrepreneurial capabilities of our community.

If you are interested in starting a code club, or to help support no-cost or low-cost learn-to-code activities contact us at info [at] venturecentre.co.nz

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