What is coding?

You’ve seen the craze for learning code. But what exactly is coding? Technology has a language. It’s called code.

To be able to write code you need to make a detailed step-by-step instruction set or formula for solving a problem or completing a task. This is called an algorithm. Algorithmic thinking, or the ability to define clear steps to solve a problem, is crucial in subjects like math and science.

Coding is what makes it possible for us to ‘talk’ to a computer and create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code. To be able to ‘talk’ to your computer you need to be able to break down the steps into an algorithm first then use code to make it happen.

Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. And it helps you build things like apps that bring your ideas to life. Everyone should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world.

Code powers virtually everything around us. When you turn on your car, code lets your key talk to the engine. When you want pizza, code places your online order. And when you use your favourite apps, code lets you send a message, share a photo or swap faces with your cat.

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Make your own app with Thunkable

Code Conquest 
Beginners should look here…

Apple’s new Everyone Can Code Course
Step by step lessons

Code Club projects
Projects in Scratch, Python, HTML, Rasberry Pi, Sense Hat, Sonic Pi

Getting started with Scratch here Click here to access Python coding worksheets
Algorithms & Programming training

Grok Learning – free for teachers to evaluate
The new curriculum requires all students from Years 3-8 to learn coding. In order to be effective, students must adapt to a new way of thinking.

Hour of Code
Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code.

Codeacademy
Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach and create the online learning experience of the future.

FreeCodeCamp
You’ll learn to code by completing coding challenges and building projects.

Code Combat
CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game.

Thimble
Thimble is an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTMLCSS & JavaScript.

Swift Playground
Learn serious code on your iPad. In a seriously fun way.

Snap!
Snap! is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language. It is an extended reimplementation of Scratch that allows you to Build Your Own Blocks.

GameSalad
GameSalad is a drag-and-drop programming platform that makes teaching your students the fundamentals of computer science easy and fun!

Hopscotch
Coding made for you free for iPhone and iPad. No setup. No typing. No syntax. Just drag blocks and instantly play what you’ve made.  Learn how to make games like Flappy Bird, create pixel art, and more.
Publish what you make and anyone can instantly play it on iPad, iPhone and the web.

Top quality information

Oakhill Coding Club

Held every Monday at lunchtime in the Library. Come along and join the club.

Google CS First – Term 1
We will be using CS First a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science/coding (CS) education

Here are some helpful links

  • How does CS First work?
  • Coding Club CS First sign in with Club Code link
  • Coding Club Scratch sign in using CS First Username and Password link
  • Animate a Name CS First activity link
  • Scratch In-Depth

Click here for THUNKABLE

PYTHON PROJECTS

Click here to start using Python

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Click here for the next Python project

Beginner’s Guide to Coding
Explore EXP 005.13 SCO

Computer coding for kids : a unique step-by-step visual guide
Explore EXP 005.13 VOR

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Coding - Python

Click here to access the Python coding worksheets