Helping Kids with Coding For Dummies Paperback – 8 May 2018
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1119380677
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119380672
- Reading age : 10 - 13 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 45,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Coach kids in coding even if you've never coded
- Build young coders' skills in multiple coding languages
- Help kids write code for apps, games, and gadgets
Need help catching up with the kids?
What do you do when it's your turn to help a young learner start on their coding journey but you never learned how to code yourself? You learn about it! Grasping the basics of coding is made easy with this book. Bewildered parents, teachers, or mentors who didn't learn coding in school will make up for lost time with this hands-on, practical guide. Each chapter features lessons on the fundamentals of coding, code snippets, and coding projects that introduce you to different languages. Look what you can do!
- Play unplugged coding games
- Choose a coding language
- Create simple word games
- Add sound and graphics
- Apply math skills to coding
- Develop a web page
- Build and code electronics
- Select a coding curriculum
- Meet famous programmers
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If not, I think you’d be much better off directing the kids to any number of other sources offering such help. My own personal choice would be Python for kids and adults learning to code.
I think an aspiring coder is better off starting with one platform and learning that at least moderately well.
Again, this is a well-written and well-executed book, but I think there are better ways to teach kids the basics of coding. This book requires an already knowledgeable person or forces both parent and child to learn even the basics together.
One thing that I didn't like is that some of the figure graphics were hard to read due to less than ideal quality. It is fairly good at the beginning when the screenshot graphics are more simple but towards the end of the book, when the screenshot has more info, it isn't as sharp. Although by that time, the reader is probably pretty familiar with the screens so the screenshots are nice-to-have as a guide but not a necessity.
The content is info intensive and the authors try to guide the reader by graduating ideas from one chapter to another (why coding is needed; programming languages; text; graphics/objects; etc). It doesn't cover every single language out there, but it covers the basics and accessible. It was a challenging read for me because I can be impatient and it took me longer to read than I had anticipated, but overall, I liked it.
I have found it pretty useful and for older kids it can be a wonderful reference for them to use on their own. The “dummies” title is a bit off the mark though.