By:  Eliza Brockwell
January 8th, 2019

5 best coding resources for digital technologies

Stuck on the digital technologies curriculum?

The newly introduced digital technologies curriculum is a great initiative to endorse computer coding education, but it’s left plenty of teachers scratching their heads.

Where do you start?

Try these five teaching resources – there are games, posters, tutorials and more for every age group. From simple to sophisticated, these resources will make computer coding a breeze.

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CSS Diner

CSS solves the problem of HTML and formatting, by externalising all style indicators for web pages to a separate file. CSS Diner lets you play around with those elements in a problem-solving game that gives students just enough clues to figure it out for themselves.

It’s best used when your class is at the beginner level of CSS, after learning HTML. Plus it’s simple yet sophisticated enough to appeal to most secondary school classes.

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Grok Learning

Grok takes simple coding and disguises it with Blockly’s colourful commands that create monsters or push turtles around the screen. Lessons span across HTML, CSS, and Python, with activities for all ages. Try Monster Maker for years 2-4, or supplement the Year 7 curriculum with coding.

This is a subscription service that is free for teachers to trial, but will cost you per-student for a year’s worth of access. There are still some free activities that beginners can benefit from, but be prepared to pay for the advanced lessons.

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The Coding Train on Youtube

The go-to platform for student tutorials is, yep you guessed it, Youtube. The Coding Train channel sees Daniel Shiffman presenting Javascript tutorials and coding basics with all the flair and folly we’ve come to expect from Youtubers.

Students can even garner inspiration from Shiffman’s 15-minute challenges, where he’ll take a popular game and try to recreate it with code in a tense 15 minutes. 

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Code.org

Code.org is for or resources that aren’t just tutorials. Remind kids why computer coding is so important with an inspirational poster featuring the likes of Obama or Malala. Or play a video on Coding with Steph Curry to inspire the less enthusiastic of your students.

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Careers with STEM’s coding resources

We’ve got the greatest list of resources for you to feast your eyes on, from games, to hackathons, to events, to websites, to student guides! The list goes on.

If the above suggestions haven’t done the job, check out these out-of-the-box solutions for the classroom. Your students will thank you for it!

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Honourable mention: Coding in Minecraft

For the homework-averse comes the Coding in Minecraft tutorial. You’ll be forcing them to use their computer coding skills to implement improvements in their Minecraft games, just cross your fingers they don’t get off track…

These tutorials will teach them how to lock doors with passwords, automate their mining and create a digital clock for use in-game. If this doesn’t motivate them, we don’t know what will!

Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.

2 Comments

These are great but are they the 5 best? What about Touch Develop, MakeCode, CoSpacesEdu, Roblox Studio, Khan Academy or OhBot? Scratch has been around for 10 years + but it is still getting better and has on and off line versions. Can these apps do AR like Scratch? Also, we need to move beyond just ‘coding’ and see how the programming can control hardware. So, Scratch + MaKey MaKey, MakeCode + MicroBit, Blockly + Ozobots, EdPy + Edison, etc. Combining hardware with student-made code is much more engaging. I think students are getting coding fatigue. Skill levels have risen as well, so younger students will need more sophisticated opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills. My pick out of all I have seen is CoSpacesEdu (https://cospaces.io/edu/). It is a 3D and VR maker with Blockly and Javascript. Amazing community and you can learn all about it at https://aquilaeducation.thinkific.com/courses/cospacesedu for free. Disclaimer – I am a CoSpacesEdu Ambassador Guru.

Thanks for the feedback Matthew! We’ll definitely give these a go. We’re always trying to compile lists of great coding/programming resources, so maybe we’ll stay away from using superlatives in our titles in future!

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