[Surfnetkids: 18 Dec 2013] Learn to Code

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#1. December 18, 2013

Barbara J. Feldman

Dear Reader,

Do you have a website? Would you like some free games for your site? In the last week, I have been working on adding more games to those that we give away for free. Here is where you can find them. Visit now for three great math games (Add Like Mad, Multiplication Station and Subtraction Station) but come back in a few days as I am uploading about twelve more games this week.


See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Learn to Code

by Barbara J. Feldman

Learn to Code Printable (** for premium members only)

In celebration of Hour of Code, this week’s roundup is a collection of websites where kids of all ages can be introduced to computer programming. Hour of Code is a campaign created by Code.org to introduce 10 million students to programming. Dozens of sites created tutorials for Hour of Code. Here are my picks.

Grok Learning: Hour of Code
“Use the programming language Python to build a chatbot called ‘Eliza.’ Can she fool your friends into thinking she’s a human not a computer?” This is just one of three one-hour Python courses offered by Grok Learning for Hour of Code. Grok Learning also offers the first two modules of their paid online classes for free, if you want to continue your coding education.

Learn to Code: Hour of Code
Watch the two-minute intro video, and you’ll be ready to start programming a game snippet (right in your browser) with Blockly. Blockly is a visual programming language where you drag and drop colorful code blocks, instead of actually typing out code. Your first task is to get an Angry Bird through a maze to reach the Green Pig. It should take you about an hour to complete all twenty puzzles. Inspired to learn more? Click the Learn Online button for the free K-8 Intro to Computer Science class.

Light-bot: Hour of Code
Light-bot is a mobile app that teaches basic programming principles in a “super unintimidating” puzzle game. “Light-bot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like procedures, loops, and conditionals, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.” Their Hour of Code contribution is a game that can be played in a browser or as a mobile app.

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#4. Related Games

Computer History Jigsaw Puzzle

History of Computing Printable Crossword

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Slavery Abolished by 13th Amendment
Dec 18, 1865

France Transfers Louisiana Territory to U.S.
Dec 20, 1803

Sacagawea Dies
Dec 20, 1812

U.S. Supreme Court Declares Segregated Bus Seating Illegal
Dec 20, 1956

Anniversary of Establishment of Poet Laureate
Dec 20, 1985

Anniversary of Pilgrim Landing
Dec 21, 1620

Anniversary of First Crossword Puzzle
Dec 21, 1913

Winter Solstice
Dec 21, 2013

Winter Begins
Dec 21, 2013

First Gorilla Born in Captivity
Dec 22, 1956

Federal Reserve Act Establishes Federal Reserve Banks
Dec 23, 1913

Stephenie Meyer’s Birthday
Dec 24, 1973

#6. Quote of the Week

“If it’s a good idea…go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” ~~ Grace Murray Hopper ~~ (1906-1992) US military leader, mathematician, educator. You can watch a short video of this and more quotes from Grace Hopper here: http://www.lightafire.com/creative-quotations-grace-murray-hopper-dec-9/1003/.

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