7 Fun Teaching Tools

Couldn't get enough of Hour of Code? Why not keep it going with these additional resources to #GetUnstuck. If you already use Wisc-online and are looking to expand your classroom or un-classroom, learning library, or makerspace, here are some options.

Blockly Games - https://blockly-games.appspot.com/

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.

Puzzle is a quick introduction to Blockly's shapes and how the pieces snap together.

Maze is an introduction to loops and conditionals. It starts simply, but every level is more challenging than the last.

Bird is a deep-dive into conditionals. Control-flow is explored with increasingly complex conditions.

Turtle is a deep-dive into loops. Use nested loops to paint a picture. Then publish your art to Reddit for the world to see.

Movie is an introduction to mathematical equations. Use math to animate a movie. Then publish your movie to Reddit for the world to see. 

Pond Tutor introduces text-based programming. Levels switch back and forth between blocks and actual JavaScript in a text editor.

Pond is an open-ended contest to program the smartest duck. Use either blocks or JavaScript.

App Inventor - http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/

MIT App Inventor is an innovative beginner's introduction to programming and app creation that transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks. The simple graphical interface grants even an inexperienced novice the ability to create a basic, fully functional app within an hour or less.

HopScotch - https://www.gethopscotch.com/

Coding made for you - free for iPhone & iPad!
You can make anything: mini-games, beautiful drawings, space adventures, Minecraft remakes, mini-websites, etc. The sky is the limit!

KenKen Puzzles - http://www.kenkenpuzzle.com/

t’s not a crossword. It’s not some extreme version of tic-tac-toe. So what is KENKEN and where did it come from? Simply put, it’s a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills.

Raspberry-Pi - https://www.raspberrypi.org/

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the internet, and playing games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-raspberry-pi-lesson-1-preparing-and-sd-card-for-your-raspberry-pi

Sonic Pi - http://sonic-pi.net/

Sonic Pi: the Live Coding Music Synth for Everyone. Welcome to the future of music. 

Simple enough for computing and music lessons. Powerful enough for professional musicians. Free to download with a friendly tutorial.
Learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from classical & jazz to EDM.

Hour of Code - https://code.org/learn

Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.


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