5 Resources to Get Your Kids to Start Coding

Opportunities to learn how to code have exploded! They are everywhere. From bootcamps to online resources, as an adult, if you want to learn how to code, and you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can learn how to code. If you are interested, here are several links to some online resources.

I read an article recently on Scientific America’s website about an individual who saw a lack of diversity the people who worked at Silicon Valley corporations. She set out to increase that diversity by building an organization that educates k-12 students about coding. It looks like the organization is continuing to grow and succeed.

This got me thinking about the resources that are available for my kids. I know that my son isn’t even two yet, but I want to make sure that as he grows up and goes out on his own that he is fully equipped to be successful. I don’t need him to be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates (although I wouldn’t complain if that’s what happened), but I do want to make sure that he has the knowledge and skills to be competitive and productive. I don’t want him to miss out on any opportunities.

If your school doesn’t provide coding classes, check out these paid and free resources. Some of them I have used. Others just looked interesting.

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Free:
Robot School: This is an iOS app intended for kids age 7 and up. This is a game that teaches kids about coding. Specifically, kids will learn procedures, loops, and conditional instructions.
Codecademy.com: If your kids can tackle a project without much prodding, then this is the resource for them. Codecademy teaches people how to code through lessons. It is a step-by-step method that builds on itself as you progress through the lessons. The lessons are simple and should be easy enough for older children. Learn everything from HTML to Python to PHP and Ruby.
Code.org: Code.org bills itself as an education non-profit striving to help more students code. They have courses geared towards younger, middle-aged, and older students. Lessons focus on everything from building games to experimenting with JavaScript. If you’re a teacher, they even have lesson plans.
Paid:
Lynda.com: This is a video-based learning platform. They have lessons available on a wide variety of topics, including coding. If you or your kids are more visual learners, this resource is for you. While they do charge a monthly fee to use the site, check out to see if your local library provides free access.
Udemy.com: Unlike Lynda.com, Udemy charges for each class you use. They frequently have discounts. This resource is probably more suitable for older kids who can sit through a class and understand lessons taught.
Do your kids code? What resources do they use?