There is no denying the popularity of computers and technology in schools. More and more students are integrating technology into their everyday lives and learning new skills at a younger age. Programs such as Project Lead the Way and Gen-Y help facilitate these skills w/ innovative technology tools. Computer Programming is another one of these topics that is being covered more and more in school and a great way to integrate technology into the classroom.
*This list is in alphabetical order.
15 Sites for Learning how to Program or Code
- Alice Storytelling - A free Windows app that is ideal for Digital Storytelling. This app teaches students how to program by drag-n-dropping actions/blocks into sequential order.
- C Programming - Want to learn C and C++ programming, this is the place to start.
- ClassTools.net - A site that allows teachers to create games, quizzes, activities, and more through the use of templates. The finished product can then be embedded into a site or blog.
- Code Academy - A nice free site that allows users to learn to code for creating websites, games, apps, etc. This is done in step by step instructions and a user can track their progress.
- Gamestar Mechanic - A fun site for students to learn how to make games.
- Google Blockly - Is a visual program editor that reminds me a lot of Alice Storytelling and Scratch, in that a user arranges blocks of code to create an action.
- MIT App Inventor - A wonderful site filled w/ educational resources from the creators of Scratch. This site teaches users how to create mobile mobile apps.
- Playfic - A unique site that teaches programming through the use of Digital Storytelling by text based games.
- Programr - A nice site for learning a variety of programming languages over the web.
- Scratch - One of the most popular sites for students to learn how to program through the creation of interactive games.
- Stencyl - A great site for making iOS and flashed based games by putting blocks together (ie, Scratch).
- What2Learn - A nice site for educational games as well as creating your own.
- YoYo Games - A great company w/ apps for Mac and Win to make games.