Learn com­puter cod­ing from scratch

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Scratch (scratch.mit.edu): This free, cre­ative learn­ing tool is aimed at chil­dren aged eight to 18. By learn­ing how to code in Scratch, they can cre­ate in­ter­ac­tive games, sto­ries and an­i­ma­tions. Teach­ers can also use Scratch tu­to­ri­als in class.

Google’s Made with Code (made­with­code.com): A fun, free and easy way to de­sign emo­jis, make a mu­sic track, cre­ate an­i­mated GIFs and spice up your self­ies, us­ing pro­gram­ming lan­guages such as Blockly.

Code.org (code.org): Free on­line com­puter sci­ence cour­ses for chil­dren from four to 18. Un­plugged (com­puter-free) lessons are also avail­able for teach­ers to use in the class­room. Try a one-hour Hour of Code tu­to­rial de­signed for all ages, from pre­reader level up­wards – learn to code with Minecraft, Moana, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, An­gry Birds, Star Wars and more.

Tynker (tynker.com): Chil­dren learn to code, de­velop games, pro­gramme drones, an­i­mate and de­velop apps from begin­ner level. Some projects are free.

Codecademy (codecademy.com): This web­site of­fers free cour­ses in how to code – how to make a web­site and learn pro­gram­ming lan­guages such as JavaScript, Java, SQL, HTML, Python and CSS.

EdX (edx.org): Free, on­line, univer­sity-level cour­ses and classes in pro­gram­ming from the world’s top in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Har­vard. A small fee is charged for is­su­ing a ver­i­fied cer­tifi­cate.

Cours­era (cours­era.org): En­rol for on­line dig­i­tal cour­ses (start­ing at $30 – R400) from the world’s lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties – learn about al­go­rithms through Prince­ton, Python pro­gram­ming through the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, data sci­ence through Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity and more.

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