Coding products for kids

Those that know me, know that I promote that all kids learn to code.  It’s a useful 21st-century skill for interacting with our increasingly computational world. In addition, I see that learning to code teaches problem solving, productive failure, creativity, and collaboration.

One question I’m often asked is, “ok, I buy that I should teach my kids to code, so what tools are out there to do that?”  In response, my students and I have started to put together a comprehensive resource of products that are meant to teach kids to code.  This does not include specific curricula to teach a certain language/product (which would certainly be another useful list, but beyond the scope of what we’re providing here).

The list started out as a few resources I had listed here and there and quickly grew to over 200 items.  We’re still culling the list, but I’ve had enough requests to share this, that I’m sharing the draft document that we’re using to catalog and categorize coding products for kids.  While we’d like this to be a comprehensive list, coding for kids is a burgeoning industry and we find more tools every time we visit this list.  So, if you know of a product/tool that we’ve missed, please add it in the comments below.  We’d love to create a community resource that we can all turn to.  Over time, we’ll try to include reviews of the products, though that’s another monumental task in itself.

Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QOQuWKJVN6RnrzoG9AgQFcqKzIpdGjkOLu8gI2zf5a0/edit?usp=sharing

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