How to turn your kid into the next Mark Zuckerberg

May 24, 2016

I don’t know about your kids, but my two boys are obsessed with all things digital. If it was up to them they would play on their screens 24/7 which is not healthy in any way shape or form and I have had to implement some tough screen related rules of late.

On the plus side, the boys are getting outside more (especially on our awesome new Springfree Trampoline) and are having to come up with creative ways to entertain themselves and on the downside, I am tortured with a chorus of “i’mmmmmm booorrrrreeed” or am breaking up more fights because many of their non-screen related games happen to involve wrestling, hitting etc.

Le sigh. What’s a mom to do?

So i’ve been trying to figure out a way to make screen time more positive all around and perhaps make it a touch more educational than say mindlessly devouring dots on Agar.io or semi-violent rounds of capture the flag in Minecraft. Both my kids seem to have great aptitude when it comes to math and logic, both are very visual learners, and love being creative. So what if we could use these strengths in combination with their screen time and teach them how to be the next Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Markus Persson?

How to teach your kids to code

Recently I discovered a cool website that teaches kids how to code called http://studio.code.org which teaches kids the fundamentals of programming (like loops and conditionals and functions and debugging) in a super fun and visual way (eg. “blocks” of code called Blockly). Even better, they use pop culture like Minecraft, Angry Birds and Disney as part of their learning tools to keep your little coders on task and having fun. And even cooler yet is once your budding Zuckerberg finishes a challenge, you can toggle to see the actual code (JavaScript) that is running the program or maze which gets techy nerds like me all giddy inside.

There are some other great sites and apps that can help your hackers in training learn to love code as well. Check them out!

Kodable – Read this great article on 5 reasons to teach your kids to code
Hopscotch  and Tynker – Free visual programming apps for your wee ones available in the iTunes store
Codemonkey – Uses “CoffeeScript” programming language (lol) to teach in a fun and visual way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Joan May 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Awesome! I’ll be checking these out for my electronic obsessed but time allowed challenged dudes as well! Thx

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