Friday, 17 November 2017

I have been reading Marina Umashci Bers book Coding as a Playground and so encouraged that concepts that have become evidently important to me in the last couple years are backed up with decades of research and hands-on experiential learning.

Coding as a Playgrounds represents the idea that the act of learning to code should become a new literacy for modern children. Bers argues that learning to code is as important as learning your ABCs and 123s.

Disclaimer: PR with Panache sent us a copy of Marina Bers' book 'Coding as a Playground' to review on the blog. I have held similar views and it was great to read a text that backs up my opinions with research.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

We've spent some time at Tech Age Kids looking at laptops to help children move from only using a tablet to learning how to use a laptop. In this post, we share our findings and experience with the Dell Inspiron 11 to help you make the right choice for your child and family.

Disclaimer: I've purchased the Dell Inspiron 11 for my 6-year-old and he uses it regularly. It hasn't replaced his tablet, but it offers him an opportunity to engage in activities we couldn't on a tablet.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Disclosure: We received a copy of 'Cool Scratch Projects' by Sean McManus for the purposes of this review. As always our opinions are our own.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

We've been waiting for Pip, the new crowdfunded Raspberry Pi based games console to encourage kids to get involved in digital creation rather than passive consumption.

Pip is a handheld games console from Scotland-based Curious Chip. We met up with Jason and Suhkvir at the BETT educational technology conference in London at the beginning of this year and we've been looking forward to its Kickstarter launch.

This is our list of recommended educational coding products for teenagers aged 13+. At this age young people are capable of a lot. They're usually confident with a keyboard and able to cope with text-based programming languages. They're also more able to work with physical components and tools.

For teens who haven't tried coding or electronics before and might be more cautious, we'd recommend looking at our 8-12 age range list as lots of the products are still relevant at this age.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Code Car is a new programmable electronics board from Let's Start Coding. The circuit board is in the shape of a car and has four buttons, four coloured LEDs and a speaker.

We've previously reviewed the larger Let's Start Coding kids are really liked the approach. The Code Car is a simpler and cheaper option for children aged 8/9+.

Disclosure: We received a Code Car for the purposes of this review. As always our opinions are our own.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

This is our list of top coding toys and gifts for the tween age group: 10, 11 and 12-year-olds. By this age, a lot of kids are getting quite tech savvy. There's a big range of skills and some kids will prefer to work in drag and drop environments while others will be ready for a text-based approach. 

We've included a range of choices including some that offer block-based coding and text-based coding as many children will make the transition while they are in this age group.