Teachers: Here are 7 ways to help your students explore coding

Coding Minecraft

If you’re an educator who wants to help your students learn how to code and explore programming, the Microsoft in Education blog has posted seven ways to get started, including Hour of Code, Creative Coding through Games and Apps and Touch Develop.

Hour of Code introduces coding using a series of lessons on the basics of programming, all in under an hour. Among the most popular Hour of Code tutorials covers “Minecraft.” Teachers can introduce students from late-middle school to early secondary grades to coding with the Creative Coding through Games and Apps (CCGA for short). It provides the lessons needed to learn, as well as a complete curriculum package and a “prepare to teach” course.

One of the most popular ways of doing programming is with block-based interfaces. These make classic programming easy by dragging and dropping blocks, and doing minimal text entry to complete sequences of actions. One popular entry in the landscape of coding blocks is from Microsoft Research, called Touch Develop. Used completely in the browser, you’ll find tutorials and scripts to get you started.

To find out more, head over to the Microsoft in Education blog.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff