Jun 15

Hackasaurus

Website that allows you to mash up any web page you like. Great way to learn HTML and CSS by trying it out yourself!

Go to Hackasaurus.

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 Show”

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 to Scratch.

Jun 15

Learn Python The Hard Way

Emphasises precision, attention to detail, and persistence. Embraces the “learning by doing” aspect of coding – you read a little about what you are supposed to code, then type in the code, fix errors until it works, then find out what it is you were doing and why. Very good explanations and a good sense of humour – my personal favourite (Sam).¬†Available as a free HTML version or very cheap PDF ebook.

Go to “Learn Python The Hard Way”

Jun 15

Codecademy

Good web-based tool to learn to code from the beginning. Allows users to register and collect “rewards” for completed exercises which adds a lot of fun and makes it quite motivating. Requires a bit of reading and patience, so suitable for older children and adults.

Go to Codecademy

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