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Commercial Resources to Teach Kids Coding

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Baltie Discovery Learning RoboMind
BitsBox Globaloria Stencyl
Code for Life Karel Programming Course Spacechem
Code HS Learn to Code the Hard Way Tynker 
Code School LightBot and LightBot Jr. Vidco
Codesters Play Code Monkey

 

Baltie  Software Ages 6+  $12 per year for most basic

 

SGP Balties are very attractive professional programming teaching tools for all beginners and middle advanced programmers. The beginners can use an interactive mode and the graphic icons instead of text commands, advanced users can use the C# text commands or combination of icons and text commands. Our little magician Baltie can help you to become a creative professional programmer. Really!

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BitsBox Online.  Ages 7-11.  $20-$40 a month.

 

When you create a coding account, you get a virtual tablet for your son or daughter (or niece or nephew or student or neighbor). Kids learn by copying code into a little text editor next to their tablet, which in turn runs their new apps.

Once they're written, Bitsbox apps run on most any mobile device. They can be shared via an email, text message, QR code, or a web link. Changes to the program go to your device in real time. You can even play multiplayer games across screens.

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Code for Life  (Only available for schools in England)

In September 2014, the UK became the first country in the world to put Computing at the heart of the school curriculum. Ocado Technology's Code for Life initiative has been developed to help teachers deliver the new curriculum, so they can inspire the next generation of computer scientists. But this is just the beginning. Over the next couple of years, this initiative will be expanded to support pupils throughout their school career, from age five to 16, and beyond.

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Code HS  Online Age: 12+ $150 for single license $2,000 for school license

The goal of CodeHS is to spread the knowledge of computer science by offering well-crafted instructional materials supported continuously by the quality, personal attention of our enthusiastic tutors. We believe that everyone has the ability to learn computer science, and we want to help them do so.

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Code School Online Age 11+  $29 a month for individual account discount at 10+

Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches through entertaining content. Each course is built around a creative theme and storyline so that it feels like you’re playing a game, not sitting in a classroom. We combine gaming mechanics with video instruction and in-browser coding challenges that make learning both educational and memorable. With more than 40 courses covering JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Ruby, Git, and iOS, Code School pairs experienced instructors with meticulously produced, high-quality content inspired by our community and network of members.

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Codesters  Online and Software.  Ages 6-14 Call for Pricing.

Codesters is about creating, sharing, and remixing projects. Students can explore games and apps that other kids have created and shared. Then, they can look inside and see the code to understand how it works. When a student finds a game that she enjoys playing, she can remix it, to make it her own. Then she can change anything she wants. When kids learn to code with Codesters, they don't just play games, they create them.

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Discovery Learning  Online Age 5-11 Apox. $300 for 100 or less students

Company based in England that created this curriculum to help primary (aka elementary school) students meet England’s new national Computer Programming curriculum requirements.  Over 5,000 schools in England are using the product.

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Globaloria   Online Grades 4-12.  Call for quote, but approx. $75 per student, per year.

Provides variety of courses including: game design; coding; computing; and other STEM centered areas, for grade levels  4-12.  The curriculum consists of customized learning platform, a learning management system, live and virtual support for users, and blended professional development for educators.

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Karel Programming Course Online and Software

Age 9+  

Schools get 10 free accounts, and then $5 a student a month.  Clubs can get 10 licenses for $50 a month and individual licenses are $30 per course.  

Help a robot find his missing friend by solving fun programming games and puzzles! Write programs in a simplified Python language, and become ready for your next course in Python programming. Python is a premiere programming language of modern engineering and science.

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Learn to Code the Hard Way Online

Ages 10+

Books on learning Python, Ruby, C, SQL, Regex.  While these books are available for free online, and some have video tutorials, you can and should pay the $29.95 per book if you find them valuable and can afford it.  

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LightBot and LightBot Jr.

Software $9.99, Android, IOS $2.99

In Lightbot, students must program a robot with commands to solve puzzles. Students may play the game in the Browser (requires Flash Player), or on Android or iOS devices.

"How does Lightbot teach programming?" explains the concept of "Coding" and how it should be defined in class, as well as how coding is used in Lightbot.

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Play Code Monkey  online Ages 9+ $19 individual, $90 for 30 licenses, $999 180+ licenses

CodeMonkey is an engaging online game that teaches real computer programming to children as young as 9. We release new features and challenges on a monthly basis. Stay tuned, and don't touch the green banana!

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RoboMind Online and Software.  Ages 8+ $7 individual, $140 teacher

RoboMind is software specifically developed to support technology education. By programming a robot, students learn about logic, computer science and robotics. The beauty of RoboMind is the compactness of the learning environment. It directly connects logical thinking to solving challenges encountered in daily life and industry.

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Stencyl Software, Ages 6+  Free to web publish, $99 publish web and Desktop, and $199 publish to web, Desktop, Android, IOS.

Stencyl is a powerful game creation toolset, centered around an intuitive block-snapping interface and a friendly, helpful community. With Stencyl, students can produce their own games without programming, play them on their computers and mobile devices, and distribute them for anyone to play on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

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SpaceChem Software, Ages 10+ $9.99

Design-based puzzle game. Take on the role of a Reactor Engineer working for SpaceChem, the leading chemical synthesizer for frontier colonies. Construct elaborate factories to transform raw materials into valuable chemical products!

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Tynker  Online, Android, IOS.  Single Lesson Plans $50, packs from $399, whole school $2000.

In a world where technology touches every aspect of our lives, it is crucial that our children become active creators of technology, not just passive users. What separates those who simply have an idea from those who make their ideas a reality is the ability to program. Tynker's mission is to provide every child with solid foundations in STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming and critical thinking skills to prepare them to become better architects of their future world.

Tynker's creative computing platform helps children develop computational thinking and programming skills in a fun, intuitive and imaginative way. Our innovative visual programming language, interactive self-paced courses, and game-based programming activities provide an easy introduction to programming, and empower children to innovate and create. Tynker is available on the Web and on iPad and Android-based tablets, so that kids can make fun and useful applications for their favorite devices.

Over 23 million kids and 20,000 schools use Tynker to learn programming

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Vidco  Online. $12.99 a month, price reductions via group licenses and yearly subscription.

Vidcode began with shared passions. The first was a love for what we do. Tech is creative and exciting. Yet, as women professionals in computer science, we felt a mutual chagrin that tech is still so male dominated. This led us to the second passion – to find a way to teach girls that coding and working in tech is creative and cool! So we spoke with girls. We learned about the disconnect girls feel from computer science classes (we knew how that felt), and the misperceptions, i.e., tech is boring. Soon after, we created Vidcode, a video coding platform designed with girls in mind that is not only self-expressive, but paired with a hobby girls love – creating and sharing videos. As we continue to test and introduce Vidcode, one thing is clear; girls love it!

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