Just a while back, literacy could conveniently be described as the basic ability to read and write and this could easily translate as being good at the two main subjects taught in schools Mathematics and Languages. 

But now, the world is becoming largely a digitalized world and literacy will now also cover the ability to code.

Coding and programming has become a necessity for the times we live in. In a world, where robots and smart systems are going to be the order of the day, having the basic knowledge of how to code is an important skill.

Coding can simply be described as giving instructions to computer systems to perform a particular task.

Learning how to code might have been a difficult task in the past because of the limited programming tools that were available but now, there are several tools that can be used to teach coding. So there are no excuses as to why young learners should not be exposed to coding as a part of their educational journeys.

Here are a few coding tools that can be instrumental in helping young learners master coding.
1. Code.org – Code.org leverages the power of game-like interactive lessons that ensures learners are able to practically carry out coding activities. This platform accommodates different ages of learners and various levels of proficiency.

2. Microsoft Makecode – Makecode is a free, open source platform that provides a learning experience which serves as a foundation for pursuing a career in programming. Makecode combines both block based programming and text based programming using JavaScript. It also provides a simulator that helps learners see the effect of their codes in real time.

3. Tynker – This is a great platform for iOS users. It uses coding blocks to teach learners how to code. Tynker covers vital coding languages like Python and JavaScript as the learners work through over 2,000 interest-driven activities. There are several applications from Tynker which includes: Tynker, Tynker Junior, and Mod Creator that kids can download and use to code, create, and mod on a tablet.

4. Google CS first – This platform provides an elaborate computer science curriculum that can help a learner transition from a novice to an expert in coding. The platform also provides both mini projects and longer projects. 

5. Kodable – Kodable helps to break down complex topics into simple procedures for any beginner to grasp. This platform is only accessible for iOS users. The platform provides basic understanding of programming languages like Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Java, and more.

6. Scratch – Scratch provides an easy and fun way to learn coding. It is a block based programming interface suitable for beginners to learn how to code. With Scratch, learners can program interactive games, stories and animations.

7. Codakid – This is an online coding school that teaches learners coding using real coding languages and professional tools. Codakid allows learners to program drones, create professional-grade video games, build apps, and code Minecraft mods.

8. Codeable crafts – This platform provides an opportunity for learners to create imaginative stories by drawing and coding. It has inbuilt templates and characters to make the stories created fun and engaging.

9. Bitsbox – Bitsbox projects teach learners how to build fully functional applications. It takes the process of learning codes in a certain programming language and breaks it down into small, digestible chunks, that will surely keep kids engaged.

10. Lightbot – Lightbot is a challenging programming puzzle that teaches the logic of coding through basic concepts. Learners will provide guidance for the robot to help him light all the blue tiles, while doing this they are being introduced to coding basics. Throughout the game learners will encounter some of the computer programming terminologies, like loops and conditionals. 

I hope that with these basic introductions to some of the top coding tools you are set to begin your coding journey.

Lawrence Ohis

Lawrence Ohis

I am web developer

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