Sometimes life warrants a few big changes. Either by necessity or desire, we embark on new adventures and follow a different path. Next year will find our family exploring fresh areas of learning and we can’t wait to get started. One big change in our learning, will be to add daily programming lessons and this is where you come in. Help!!
I confess, I am not a programmer by any means. I couldn’t tell you how to make an object move, much less how to write an entire game. I really enjoy technology though. (I would own every new Mac device under the sun, if the man would let me.) So, I think this is going to be tons of fun.
More than anything, we find programming a necessary skill which should be included in our children’s learning. My husband is an illustrator; part of his illustrious resume includes designing storybook apps. Our children have been a part of the creative progress, watching it happen and actively participating in development. Having our children learn and create their own projects seems a natural next step. Ultimately, we would like to see this become a family endeavor; my husband designing, our children programming, and all of us working together as a team.
We are in the process of creating room for a few computer stations (we currently have a laptop the children use) and procuring desks. The next step will be to move the computers into their new stations and design a routine that encourages creativity. Here is where you come in, my friends. Help us out with some friendly advice.
Which web-based programming applications do you recommend we start with? I’ve done a little research, but my knowledge base is very limited. Here is what I’ve seen so far….
A few of these are iPad based, which might work. We really would prefer web-based applications, however. I think web-based is more easily accessible and would fit our life style more suitably.
So… please help! Let us know your thoughts on any of these programs or suggest a few of your own! Make sure to let us know both what you like about the app and what you don’t. Advise us on the difficulty of each program and how your children are progressing in their own lessons.
Thanks in advance!