#KidsCanCode Chat: Creating a Coding Workshop

Creating a Coding Workshop

Organizing a programming workshop may be exactly what you need to get your school excited about programming. In this week’s chat, we talk about what works best, and how to structure your very own coding workshop.

Chat Questions:

Q1: What are the benefits of student/educator/parent coding workshops?

Q2: What types of coding workshops have you organized or attended in the past?

Q3 PART A: What did you like best about these workshops?

Q3 PART B: What could have been done differently, or where could these workshops improve?

Q4 PART A: What activities work best for a student coding workshop?

Q4 PART B: What content should be covered in a coding workshop for educators?

Q5: How do you organize/structure a workshop to help build excitement around programming?

Join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST on Twitter for #KidsCanCode Programming Education Chat

The Kodable Programming Curriculum is LIVE!

It’s been awhile in the making, but we are proud to announce that the new Kodable Curriculum is now LIVE and can be accessed right from your Kodable Teacher Dashboard! To explore these exciting new changes simply:

1. Visit Kodable.com

2. Login to your Teacher Account in the top right hand corner:

3. And voilà! Welcome to your new Kodable Programming Curriculum!

Kodable Programming Curriculum Dashboard

What’s included in the new Kodable Programming Curriculum?

Thousands of educators have been teaching their students basic programming concepts with Kodable for over a year. The focus of the new Kodable Programming Curriculum is to make teaching these coding concepts even easier.

Organized by concept, the new Kodable Programming Curriculum is a step-by-step guide to teaching your students the basics of programming.

Teaching Programming by Concept

Kodable Programming Curriculum: Sequence

The Kodable Programming Curriculum covers the most important programming concepts for beginners:

  • Sequence
  • Conditions
  • Loops
  • Functions
  • Variables (Coming Soon!)

Teaching programming concepts can often be intimidating, and sometimes it is difficult to know where to start.

Don’t worry! 

In the new Kodable Programming Curriculum we divide each programming concept into digestible and time efficient units. These units are also chock-full of teaching resources to help you along the way:

  • Concept Learning Guides
  • Unplugged Activities
  • Kodable Lessons
  • Lesson Answer Keys
  • Concept Vocabulary

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Brand New Programming Lessons

To supplement the new Kodable Programming Curriculum we have also added brand new Kodable lessons for the following programming concepts:

  • Sequence
  • Algorithms
  • Debugging

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More coming soon!

Over the course of the next few months, we will be adding resources and making improvements to the curriculum. So keep an eye out for future updates!

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#KidsCanCode Chat: Transitioning to Written Code

Transitioning to Written Code

When should I start teaching my students programming language syntax? How do I transition from programming concepts to written code? We chat about all this and more in this week’s chat!

Chat Questions

Q1: Do you teach your students a written programming language?

Q2 PART A: What is the right time to start teaching Ss a written programming language?

Q2 PART B: What are the best exercises for getting Ss started learning a written programming language?

Q3: What is the best programming language for a young learner to start with?

Q4: AGREE or DISAGREE: For young Ss, learning to think like a programmer is more important than learning a written programming language.

Q5: How do I teach a written programming language if I don’t understand the syntax myself?

Join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Education Chat! 

#KidsCanCode Chat: Planning A Summer of Code

Planning a Summer of Code
Is it too early to start thinking about summer? Hmmm…we don’t think so! In this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat, we talk all about our coding goals for the summer, including coding camps, clubs, and PD.
Need help coming up with a coding goal for the summer? Looking no further than the chat below for some ideas. 🙂
Chat Questions: 
Q1: SHARE: One coding related goal that you have for this summer.
Q2: PART A: What coding projects have you tackled in past summers?
Q2: PART B: Where will you go for PD this summer?
Q3: Are you planning any coding camps or clubs this summer?
Q4: SHARE: One way to encourage your students to continue coding during the summer months.
Q5: SHARE: One suggestion for those looking to start or enhance their programming curriculum this summer.
And as always, join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Programming Education Chat! 

The Kodable Road Tour

The Kodable Road Tour

Pack up the minivan, we’re hitting the road! The Kodable Team is dedicating the month of May to visiting as many schools as possible to teach programming, and we want your school to be on our list!

Fill out an application to apply and make your school one of our stops along our incredibly coding journey. Space is limited, so please only enter your information if you are seriously interested. 🙂

The Kodable Road Tour

#KidsCanCode Chat: My Coding Wish List

#KidsCanCode Chat: My Coding Wish List
Whatever your coding wish list is…I am sure it is very LONG. In this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat, we share our coding wish lists, and discuss how we can transform these dreams into a reality.
Chat Questions
  • Q1: What is a coding wish list?
  • Q2: SHARE: The items on your coding wish list.
  • Q3: What are the greatest challenges you face in making your coding wish list a reality?
  • Q4: SHARE: An epic tale of how an item from your wish list found its way into your classroom.
  • Q5: What are some ways to recruit the community to help make your wish list a reality?
  • Q6: How can you help a fellow teacher obtain an item off their wish list?
Join us Tuesdays 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Education Chat 
Next Week’s Chat Topic: Programming Concepts for Elementary

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Hour Of Code!

It's not too late to join the Hour of Code with Kodable

The Hour of Code is less than week away! Huzzah!

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.  And if you are just learning about the Hour of Code now, it is still not too late to join!

Everything You Need To Join the Hour of Code

Get Kodable for FREE and Start Today!

How to Join the Hour Of Code with Kodable

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

The Hour of Code is almost here, and guess what?! You can learn the basics of programming with Kodable!

Follow these 5 simple steps to get your students started coding with Kodable!

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

1. Download Kodable for FREE in the App Store

Download Kodable in the App Store

2. Watch Our Hour of Code Playlist

3. Play an unplugged activity

Introduce your students to coding basics with our fuzzFamily Frenzy unplugged activity!

Use fuzzFamilyfrenzy to help students connect programming to the real-world

4. Track student progress

If you would like to track student progress or share iPads, sign up for a FREE Kodable Teacher Account to manage your class.

Sign Up for a Free Teacher Account

5. Learn to code and have fun!

If this is your first time coding with your students, don’t let it be the last!

Make sure to have fun with your coding curriculum

Looking for more Hour Of Code? Check out our Hour of Code with Kodable page 🙂

#KidsCanCode Chat: Sharing Programming With Others

Sharing Programming with Others
How can I encourage my colleagues to start teaching/facilitating programming? How can I get my whole school coding? We came up with a number of suggestions/potential solutions in this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat.
Join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat!