“Coding, the Musical,“ by TechSpaghetti, is a freeinteractive app designed for iOS mobile devices that introduces children aged 4–8, specifically girls, to coding as they create characters and build musical story worlds. “Coding, the Musical” engages girls in computer science in a fun, playful, and creative environment; no coding knowledge is needed. The app includes 20 animated interactive stories, 60 songs, and 40 games that develop the fundamental coding concepts of logical thinking and sequencing. Story World 1 introduces arrays, directional functions, and Booleans. Story World 2 expands to variables and conditions. With oral instructions and guidance provided, children don’t have to be able to read. The “Coding, the Musical” method was developed by an elementary school teacher, in consultation with numerous developers, and with the help of children and parents around the world. Cost: Free
Are you curious how you might integrate computer science in your upper elementary classroom, or are you looking for a unique way to have your students share their favorite books? With technology playing an increasingly important role in every profession, a foundational understanding of computer science is becoming an essential component of student learning. To authentically integrate computer science and literacy, I’m going to teach you how to support your students in using block-based coding to program book trailers.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.