Programming Foundations: Programming for Kids

Created by: David Gassner

Produced in 2014

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Course Description

Kids are naturally excited about building, whether it's building blocks or building rockets. Programming can be just as much fun. And the skills kids gain programming can help them feel accomplished, while giving them a head start in our fast-paced digital world. This course is designed to help parents and educators introduce programming concepts to kids of all ages, from grammar school to high school. David Gassner starts with a description of different learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic, or visual) and talks about how kids' programming tools appeal to different styles. He then introduces mobile device apps for young programmers that let them animate graphical images using simple block-based programming. For older kids, he introduces software such as Scratch for more advanced animation, MIT App Inventor for programming real Android apps, and tools that teach core languages like JavaScript and Java. The final chapter covers how kids can work with robots and other hardware like the Raspberry Pi, which show how programming can work in the real world.

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Instructor Details

David Gassner

David Gassner is the author of over 60 video-based technical training courses for software developers.

David is a senior staff instructor who specializes in development platforms and programming languages including Android and Java. He currently creates training content for Android developers and content that covers multiple programming languages including Java, C#, Visual Basic, and Go. He was formerly the president and founder of Bardo Technical Services, an Adobe Solutions Network Training Provider. As an Adobe Certified Expert, he wrote courseware for Adobe and delivered extensive training on Flex, ColdFusion, Dreamweaver and Flash. He was the author of Wiley's Flex 3 Bible and Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 Bible. He most recently designed and developed Audio Cues—an Android app for running sound in live performances—which is available in the Google Play store.

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