Category Archive: 5+

Oct 11

Isla, a programming language for young children

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Isla is an object-oriented programming language developed by Mary Rose Cook and aimed specifically at young children. I had a quick go at it and the intuitiveness and “niceness” of the language made me smile! I’m not sure how complex a program you can write with Isla, but it’s definitely a great starter for kids …

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Aug 02

Android App Inventor

The new App Inventor by MIT uses the same building block principle for developing Android apps as their older, and very popular, sister Scratch by MIT.¬†They say: App Inventor lets you develop applications for Android phones using a web browser and either a connected phone or emulator. The App Inventor servers store your work and …

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Jul 14

Kid’s Ruby

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Kids Ruby is basically the newer version of Hackety Hack, with a few more lessons and instructions on how to build games using Ruby. Go to Kids Ruby!

Jul 14

HacketyHack

Hackety Hack is software that helps you build Ruby applications. The 4 lessons walk you through the first steps of Ruby, while also teaching you how to build graphical user interfaces (GUIs) using the “Shoes” toolkit. Unfortunately, the lessons are quite short, but Hackety Hack is definitely great for getting started with Ruby.¬†Works best on …

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Jun 15

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show

Great series of DIY/maker videos by Sylvia, a mini maker. She shows how to build fun gadgets such as a drawdio and a “randomly influenced finger flute”. The jingle is very catchy, safety always comes first (“respect your soldering iron”) and Sylvia is a bundle of energy. Awesome indeed! Go to “Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker …

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Jun 15

Scratch

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. It uses a mainly visual interface, that allows users to create a program without much typing, which makes it suitable for younger children. It’s free to download and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux! Go …

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