Two Amazing Tools for Learning to Code
The global Hour of Code
) is this week (Dec 8th - 14th) and while I'm not entirely convinced that every
kid needs to learn to code, I do happen to have a 10-year old son who's naturally attracted to that kind of thing so I figured I'd share a couple of great learning tools that have been working for him.
), which is extremely well done and which he's really enjoyed. The fact that he's been able to progress through it on his own while at school and with no help from me is simply amazing!
Also, I introduced him to CodeCombat
) this weekend, which he likes even better because it's pretty much just a video game that teaches you to code. It's so engaging, in fact, that I just have fun sitting and watching him play. Occasionally, I'll offer a hint when he gets overly frustrated, but 98% of his success is due to his own steam. Pretty damn cool.
Each tool seems to develop slightly different skills so I'm going to encourage that he spend time on both. But even if he prefers CodeCombat, it's so game-like that I'm not sure his teacher would appreciate him playing it at school. ;)