This’ll help!

Engage Their Minds

With this week’s Hour of Code very much in my mind,  an article in my Flipboard technology magazine this weekend immediately caught my attention.  TechCrunch described a new site called, “Bitsbox” that helps children to learn how to write code.

The site is one of the featured lessons in this year’s Hour of Code list of activities.  I took a little time last night to check out how Bitsbox might differ from other programming apps and games.

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The interface of Bitsbox is very simple, and simulates a tablet for which you are designing apps. (Bitsbox is browser-based, however – not an app.)  According to Scott Lininger, one of the company’s co-founders, he wanted to get away from some of the popular block-programming languages that are popular with children.  Although those (such as Scratch, Blockly, and Tynker) have value, Lininger was interested in showing children how to actually type code, not…

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