Tynker : iPad

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Description 

Tynker is another great FREE app using a visual drag and drop comprised of code blocks to create and solve coding puzzles.  

You can build your own games using the Tynker Workshop which includes 9 game-kits and hundreds of characters. 

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  • Define your own functions and variables
  • Build musical projects using the built-in notes for piano, electric guitar and drums.
  • Add tilt, touch and other native behaviours to your games
  • Build an unlimited portfolio of games and projects to play with friends
  • Work offline without Internet connectivity
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Create games and apps quickly 
Use the same visual programming language introduced in the puzzle adventures.

Built-in physics engine for advanced games

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  • 9 complete pre-built game kits to remix your own game from 
  • 5 Media Themes with hundreds of assets – Fantasy, Adventure, Sci Fi, Modern and Spooky 
  • Included: Library of sample projects 
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Ages 9+

Drag and drop blocks to make things happen.

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Tynker makes programming easily accessible and fun for kids aged 9+ with no prior knowledge experience of programming.

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I love the graphics Tynker uses there great for the younger student.

Play-I : Bo & Yana

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Description 

Play-I looks to be an amazing re programmable toy with lots of potential, I believe  any child would love to have a play and learn with Play-i . If i had very young children i would be adding this to the Xmas list.

We founded Play-i almost a year ago with one mission: to make programming fun and accessible for every child. It has been an exciting journey as Bo & Yana came to life, thanks to the input and help from hundreds of children and parents who played with our robots at different stages of development.!”

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Bo

Bo is an explorer. Bo is playful and curious. Bo loves going on adventures and making new friends. As you play together, Bo learns new skills and becomes a more capable robot. Together, there’s no stopping where you and Bo can go.

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Play Possibilities Are Endless

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Yana

Yana is a storyteller. Yana is clever, imaginative and full of dreams. Yana can surprise and entertain you by bringing characters to life as you play! Use the power of your imagination to unlock Yana’s potential.

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5-8 Years

Visual programming interface for kids 5+ that weaves in music, stories and animation. Learn coding by looking at and tweaking the code behind the visual interface.

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8-12 Years 

Go beyond the play and  use Blockly, a visual programming languages created by Google. Our libraries and tutorials make these languages a lot more fun!

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12+ Years

Write code — for fun, and to build applications for iOS and Android using our API. You can still weave in the play interface if you want!

Barclays Code Playground

Description

Although you cant see it, code is used, accesed and enhcances in your everyday life. The washing machind you use to the technology used and your car and streets. Computer code runs our world.

Now part of the national curriculum learning how technology works  could give your kids a head start in the world Information Technoogy.

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LightBot Programming Puzzles : Android

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Description 

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game  that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts.

Lightbot lets you guide a a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels. It lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts such as procedures, loops, and conditionals.

This is a great first app for beginners to introduce the concepts of computer programming,

Lightbot features 50 levels and 20 challenge stars to collect and is a great application to all ages wanting to gain some experience and basic knowledge in programming,

We recommend this App for beginners and the young.

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Best App to learn Programming/Coding!When this first went up as a Flash App in PC, I went ahead and got it to help me with my coding skills, and plus I like puzzles, and even though I’m not into any Programming anymore this still is a really great puzzle app. Please add more levels and functionality!”

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Challenging and fun I initially introduced the game to my son last year, when he was 7. He liked it but found it a bit too challenging after the first 4 or 5 levels. I probably should have tried the jr version first. I didn’t push it but he recently came back to it on his own. He is currently obsessed with it, which has me delighted as I think this is a brilliant app – the cute design & gameplay cleverly weave in the lessons, and being able to toggle the “gender” of the robot is a nice touch..”

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Great game! Does exactly what it says on the tin! Its perfect for a kick starter for picking up the whole basic concept of programming.”

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Fun puzzles for learning to code. Ideal for beginner coders. It would be great if the music could be turned off and keep sound effects..”

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Mind bending puzzles A touch of programming logic and great level design make a really good game. Beware, it gets challenging for adults 😉 I’d have liked a “slow-mo” speed option at times.”

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Very fun As a comp sci student, I had loads of fun with this. There could have been more levels but for someone new to programming it should be plenty.”

Udemy C++ : Android

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Description

This course is good for  beginners, start writing programs in C++, taught by Jeremy Siek, professor at the University of Colorado. No prior knowledge of C++ is assumed.

Like the textbook, the course quickly dives into problem solving and making use of the C++ standard library, including strings, vectors, and lists. The emphasis is on teaching you the parts of C++ that you will most likely need in your day-to-day programming.

This course is Part 1 of a planned two-part sequence. Part 1 covers the first seven chapters of Accelerated C++, in particular, Chapters 0 through 6. The course consists of six videos of 50-60 minutes each.

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This course is Part 1 of a planned two-part sequence. Part 1 covers the first seven chapters of Accelerated C++, in particular, Chapters 0 through 6. The course consists of six videos of 50-60 minutes each.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

– Organizing data and using sequential containers
– Using library algorithms
– Code Examples

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

– Working with strings and if statements
– Looping and working with batches of data
– Organizing programs

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CodecademyCode Hour :

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Description 

This iOS app by Codecademy is great for older students key stage 3+.

This FREE app gets you started by introducing  the basic concepts behind the apps on your phone and the websites you visit. You’ll learn to understand the basic structure of code when you see it.

I really like Code Hour it is a perfect introduction to programming and learn the concepts you need to know to expand your knowledge.

You can also Learn HTML&CSS,  Javascript,  jQuery,  Python,  Ruby and PHP with Codecademy.

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JUST GET STARTED: Code Hour is the best way to go from zero to programming. We show you easy examples of code and you learn how it works and powers the web.

TAP TO TRAIN: Use your iPhone or iPad for what it’s good for – quick, fun exercises on the go. Program when you get home and stay fresh by reviewing on the go.

APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN: Make a webpage with your own photo, bio, and more and share it with your friends.

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CREATE THE FUTURE: Programming underpins apps, websites, games, and more. Learn to create them all with Codecademy!

Learn to code interactively, for free, Students and teachers can track their learning and progress.

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Frozen

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Description

This is a lovely introduction to programming. Students can chose to see the real code that they create whilst moving “code Blocks” into the correct order.

Every step is explained and a visual representation of the code is played out using ,  Anna and Elsa  character from Frozen.

You will create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland that you can then share with your friends!

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The tutorial kicks off the second-annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science—especially by girls.

Titled “Artist with Anna & Elsa,” the tutorial is Code.org’s newest addition to its online learning platform, Code Studio.

During our Hour of Code, students will be guided through Code.org’s FROZEN workshop by a group of professional programmers.

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Scratch : Online

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Description

Scratch is great for students of all ages. I like the use of drag and drop. The colourful layout makes it interactive and easy for all students to grasp quickly.

The on line community is vast and very knowledgeable.  There are many tutorials for scratch as well as many pre defined resources to give students a head start.

This is the online version.  To downlaod and install Scratch click here

Scratch is a free desktop and online multimedia authoring tool that can be used by students, scholars, teachers, and parents to easily create games and provide a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming .

Scratch also encourages students  to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically while they create.

Age 8+

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To run Scratch 2, you need a relatively recent web browser (Chrome 7 or later, Firefox 4 or later, or Internet Explorer 7 or later) with Adobe Flash Player version 10.2 or later installed.

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Create stories, games, and animations Share with others around the world.

Check out the online tutorials too

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Try out these starter projects from the Scratch Team. Look inside to make changes and add your ideas.

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The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.

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Scratch allows users to use event driven programming with multiple active objects called “sprites“. Sprites can be drawn — as either vector or bitmap graphics — from scratch in a simple editor that is part of the Scratch, or can be imported from external sources, including webcam.

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Version 2.0 of Scratch is currently available online and as a desktop application for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.[1][2] The source code of Scratch 1.x is made available under GPLv2 license and Scratch Source Code License.

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Lightbot One Hour Coding : Android

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Description

Get kids programming in the most fun way, by playing an actual game!

Light-bot for Hour of Code is meant to introduce kids who have no experience whatsoever programming, and is all-ages friendly! That means anyone anywhere from K to 12 can play, have fun and learn real programming logic!

Light-bot is a programming puzzle game: a puzzle game that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. Light-bot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.

Teachers worldwide are choosing Light-bot first when first introducing their students to programming.

Light-bot – Hour of Code features 18 levels and is suitable to play for players of any age. The full version of Light-bot features 40 levels for when you want more of a challenge!

This version of Light-bot lets you play in English, French, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese! Just hit a flag icon corresponding to the language in the game!

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Lightbot One Hour Coding features 18 levels and is suitable to play for players of any age. The full version of Lightbot features 40 levels for when you want more of a challenge! 

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Teachers worldwide are choosing Light-bot first when first introducing their students to programming.

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A great introductory app to learn programming logic in a fun and colourful way for free,

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Lightbot One Hour Coding is created specifically for The ‘Hour of Code’, a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

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Get kids programming in the most fun way, by playing an actual game!

Light-bot for Hour of Code is meant to introduce kids who have no experience whatsoever programming, and is all-ages friendly!

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The ‘Hour of Code’ is nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. 

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Kano : Toys & Games

Description

Kano

All the parts and information you need to make your very own computer.

The Kano kit  is powered by Rasberry piopen source software with years of development and experience for contributors from all over the world.  Add your monitor and your computer is complete.

Learn while your build,  programme, teach and have fun.

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Kano is a story. With illustrated ideas and simple steps, build a computer, make stuff, and explore a new world. Meet cool characters and level up.

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Kano is a computer you build and code yourself.
Lego simple, Raspberry Pi powerful, and hugely fun.

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Our books, Make a Computer and Code Powers, are illustrated, intuitive, and free – filled with stories and projects for computer makers young and old.

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a registered educational charity (registration number 1129409) based in the UK. Our Foundation’s goal is to advance the education of adults and children, particularly in the field of computers, computer science and related subjects. See our storiespage for more information about the Foundation’s charitable work.

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Kano OS is the simplest, but most powerful operating system for the Raspberry Pi. Loaded with apps and projects designed to bring making and playing to everyone.

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Your magic wand. Type overhand or hold it game controller style.
Navigate nimbly with an integrated touchpad, and independent click buttons. Wireless, two ways – USB RF for your Kano, and Bluetooth for the World

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