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Coding for Intermediate students

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Started by Lynne Crowe 03 Feb 2015 7:26pm () Replies (18)

Hi, I am going to start a lunchtime group for students interested in learning how to code. I have explored lots of sites online but now feel overwhelmed. Can anyone point me in a starting direction.
Many of the students who are keen are quite au fait with coding/programming and I intend to begin with this group (who may not need a lot of help) but then I want to expand and include a much wider range of abilities.

Any ideas, help greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Sandy Lediard (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 10:36am ()

    Thanks again. Starting with scratch today and will explore other suggestions this week.

  • Sandy Lediard (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 10:36am ()

    Thanks again. Starting with scratch today and will explore other suggestions this week.

  • Sandy Lediard (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 10:36am ()

    Thanks again. Starting with scratch today and will explore other suggestions this week.

  • jesse callagan (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2015 10:16pm ()

    Hi again, 

    check out this websiteUnder the Year 7 resources section you can find a series of step by step scratch activities. I think the documents were originally made by the uk codeclub but I couldn't find the original links. They give you step by step visual guides to complete a series of game coding activities. This guide will create the this game. You students can use scratch online so no special software is needed. If you have any questions don't hesitate to shoot me an email. 

    Jesse

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2015 8:00pm ()

    Hi sandy and jess,

    If you google "hour of code", the website has a series of lessons. range from very entry level and starting programming, right into actual coding.
    Like jess said scratch is fantastic for programming as there are no limits. However is not really 'coding' as it has a user interface. But students can see the code behind what they programme. My students are bored of the user interface and are now using code to tell scratch what to do. It's a great transition.

  • Sandy Lediard (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2015 7:52pm ()

    Thanks for the suggestion Jesse. I'm just starting out with my students, so any help much appreciated.

  • jesse callagan (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2015 7:47pm ()

    Hi Lynne

    If I were in your situation I would start out working with scratch. This is a very open ended visual coding tool which allows students who are just starting out to work on very simple projects to find their feet while more advanced students can work on developing more complex games and other engaging projects. It is free and has a very large online community so there are a lot of resources out there. I will use it with both Year 7 and Year 8 students after experimenting with it last year. 

    Jesse Callaghan

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