Tag Archive: web-based

Aug 20

JavaScript for Cats

We all know the internet was invented for the sole purpose of sharing funny images and videos of cats, right? So it’s about time our furry friends (and perhaps their humans, too) learn a little bit about coding. JavaScript for Cats introduces the basic concepts of JavaScript with some simple examples and good explanations. And …

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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

Code Avengers

Code Avengers is quite similar to the popular Codecademy: You learn how to write JavaScript code in your browsers through a series of lessons. There’s also games and quizzes to test your knowledge, and it looks a bit funkier than Codecademy. Not sure whether “There’s loads of money to be made with coding” is the …

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Jul 14

Quest – Text adventure games

“Quest lets you make interactive story games – you can make text adventure games (like Zork, or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and gamebooks (like the Choose Your Own Adventure books).” Doesn’t require any coding, but can be used with scripts. Text adventures games are great fun and a fantastic way to learn how to code. Go to Quest

Jul 14

Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby

An online book teaching you to write Ruby code using cartoon foxes, cute drawings, and bizarre dialogues – great fun and very good explanations. You will have to set up your computer to use Ruby before getting started. Maybe most suitable if you already know bits of code and just want to learn Ruby as …

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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 …

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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