Teaching Children to Code

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Chris Ward looks at how-to tools to help teach children one of the most essential skills of the modern age, how to code.

A lot of projects aimed at children focus on visual learning, such as teaching concepts with draggable, interlinking blocks for creating visual applications like games and animations.

Scratch

Scratch from MIT was one of the earliest contenders, using simple verbs and characters to describe programming concepts. For example, ‘repeat’ is a loop, or ‘move’ and ‘play’ describe actions characters can take.

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