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Free tools teach kids computer programming during Hour of Code Week

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:04am

This week is Hour of Code Week, in case you didn't know. A project of Code.org, with the support of CEOs, celebrities, and the President, the goal is to encourage every student (all ages) to take some time to start learning computer programming.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of free tools to broaden the horizons of your child or yourself. Using fun and simple tutorials, people can begin to understand the basics of computer science, and write code that makes something happen. How cool is that? As computers and technology continue to expand into more aspects of our lives, it is clear that learning to code, to create, with this technology is a good thing.

Instead of merely learning to click and search for information on Google, students can learn how to write code that will actually do something. Maybe create a video game or a new app for your phone. The possibilities are endless. They (or you) just have to start.

If you're interested in the Hour of Code, go to www.code.org and click on “Start.” There are a variety of options for different age levels to learn the basics of computer coding. They can be used at home or in a school setting. Although the Hour of Code Week lasts until December 15, these resources will continue to be available. So grab your child, learn some coding, and make something happen.

 

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