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What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816810] Thu, 12 May 2016 14:50 Go to next message
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Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816835 is a reply to message #816810 ] Sun, 15 May 2016 14:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rosemary-MI  is currently offline Rosemary-MI
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What kind of coding? HTML? C++? I just found a book that the local college was using and bought it on Amazon for pennies plus shipping. Worked for us.


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Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816836 is a reply to message #816810 ] Sun, 15 May 2016 16:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm so clueless I don't even know what kind, Rosemary! Laughing Heading to Amazon now.


I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~Phil 3:13-14~
Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816907 is a reply to message #816810 ] Mon, 23 May 2016 11:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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When you figure it out, let me know....we have stopped and started a couple....

Right now we are trying TeenCoders (or also Kid Coders) which is available from Amazon and was recommended by someone here.

We also did some Christian Light curriculum. In the elective section there is computer basics unit that was very good and an excellent place to start. It covers the real fundamentals. It is a semester long course, but we went through it pretty fast because it was so basic. You don't really need a computer for it (which gives you a hint there how basic it is), but when they discussed the different types of applications, it was easier to show on the computer. It could be ran through in a few weeks, but has really good info.

The same publisher has a computer repair course that we abandoned after the first few chapters. It was dated and while good hardware knowledge is good, it was getting too complicated and unhelpful. The one lab we did was to dissect an old computer, which was helpful for everyone.

If you look at Khan Academy or just google, you will find lots of choices of free things. Code Academy is almost always at the top of any list. Python is very big right now, as is Open Source. Java is still used, but it is getting to be "old school". I'm still trying to figure it out, but I think the next thing is to have the boys build websites and work from there.

My sister works at Intel, and her recommendation to me for my boys was to make sure they all had access to a smartphone, could work apps and then work on building their own little mini aps. HOnestly, I don't even know what that means, but she said there are tons of user sites where people basically teach each other. What I got out of my conversation with her, was that I needed to lighten up on my "online controls" and give my boys some tools and point them in a direction.

I hope that helps. As we get further into Teen Coders, I will let you know. It seems pretty reading heavy, which is not a plus for my guy most intersted in the coding.


In Him--Tracy
Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816910 is a reply to message #816810 ] Mon, 23 May 2016 13:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks so much, Tracy! The Christian Light basic course sounds like a good place to start and I didn't even think of Kahn!

I'm interested in how you end up liking Teen Coders, but I'm not so sure a heavy reading program would work for my guy, either.


I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~Phil 3:13-14~
Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816941 is a reply to message #816810 ] Tue, 24 May 2016 23:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I know less than nothing about this sort of thing. (The only reason I passed my required computer programming class in college was that the campus was small, and computers were pretty new, so we had to have a partner, LOL.) So when ds said he wanted to learn a programming language (maybe he was heading into 10th grade???) I said, "Um... ok... find a book that will help you and I'll buy it," and he did. He just finished up his junior year as a software development major, so it must have worked. Wink

Before he left for college, he'd taught himself two programming languages. He used books he found on Amazon as well as a forum where experienced programmers answer questions. He had to convince them he was ALLOWED to ask for help there, because they were afraid they were helping him with homework assignments and didn't want him to get in trouble, LOL!


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Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816992 is a reply to message #816810 ] Mon, 30 May 2016 11:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I found it! We are starting this week!!!

https://www.khanacademy.org/hourofcode

It looks easy!! YEAH!!!


In Him--Tracy
Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #816993 is a reply to message #816810 ] Mon, 30 May 2016 12:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Elise, that is awesome about your ds! Too funny that he had to convince the forum he wasn't cheating! Laughing

Yay, Tracy!! I'll be checking that one out! I was surprised at how much I found on KA.


I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~Phil 3:13-14~
Re: What is the best way to go about teaching computer coding? [message #817396 is a reply to message #816992 ] Thu, 30 June 2016 09:06 Go to previous message
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Tracy in Peru wrote on Mon, 30 May 2016 10:09

I found it! We are starting this week!!!

https://www.khanacademy.org/hourofcode

It looks easy!! YEAH!!!


So, after about a month of intermittent use (we had teams here, so no school) I have to say I am very pleased with the Khan Academy course. The boys are having fun, advancing, and I don't have to do anything. I get weekly progress updates sent to my email, or I can go in and click to see how they are doing daily. They are learning and being taught in a subject I really know very little about.

We may go back to Teen Coders at some point, I paid too much for the curriculum to just toss it. But, I feel like they are getting really good learning and experience this way. Perhaps they would be able to tackle Teen Coders on their own later.


In Him--Tracy
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