Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Hour of Code: New & Updated Resources!

#HourofCode Resource Update! | by @EdTechnocation

With the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week in full swing, there have been some great new and updated resources released in the past week! Check it out!

Vidcode - Create a Bestie Video eCard w/ Code
Check out for their Hour of Code contribution. They've partnered with the Girl Scouts of Great New York to allow users to code their own bestie video ecards using Javascript. You can record a video, insert graphics, and code in special effects. Then you can publish for others to watch!

Kodable for iPad
The latest update for the Kodable iPad app received some minor bug fixes and improvements just in time for the Hour of Code. Update the app to get the best experience! Kodable is a great option for introducing young children to programming and its target audience is ages 6-8.

Hopscotch for iPad
Hopscotch is another great iPad app that also received an update just in time for Hour of Code. The update added 4 brand new tutorials specifically for Hour of Code participants! You have your choice of creating Geometry Dash, Spiral Draw, Emoji Waves, of Megamoji! Also, if you conduct a search for "Hour of Code" within the app, you'll find a ton of great user generated content!

The Foos for iPad
The Foos also received an update recently, which now includes the ability to create and share games within the app! This is another great option for younger students age 6-8!

Tynker for iPad
If your students are itching to program their own games, have them check out Tynker! They just released an update that now includes 9 Hour of Code tutorials, 3 each for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users. Their website also has content for Grades K through 6+!

Have you seen the new Minecraft themed tutorials on MinecraftEDU has also offered some great resources for the Hour of Code! Check out this page to download an Hour of Code Minecraft world and to print your very own Minecraft themed board game that teaches programming skills! There are also a series of programming challenge videos that students can follow in the Minecraft world.

PBS KIDS ScratchJr for iPad
Scratch and Scratch Jr are already very popular programming apps for children. So PBS Kids partnered with MIT to create their very own PBS KIDS ScratchJr app for the iPad! It works pretty much the same as the original app, but it includes 150+ PBS characters. Now you're students can program with their favorite PBS cartoons!

Made with Code's "Inside Out" Coding Activity
Hopefully you've already seen the movie "Inside Out". If not, you should definitely go see it! Great movie! Google's Made with Code website released a brand new coding activity called Inside HQ. You can program Riley and the other characters through a series of coding challenges.

Google CS First "High Seas" Activity
Google CS First is a great FREE program that aims to expose more students to Computer Science education through a variety of online activities for boys and girls. For the Hour of Code, they released a new activity called High Seas which utilizes Scratch. There is a great lesson plan for teachers with example projects and solutions. Give the High Seas activity a try!

Do you know of any other new or updated coding activities? 
Share them in the comments below!

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