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I recently spent the afternoon with a small group of coding geeks, hoping to gain some insight into how computing is taught in the UK. The turnout for the Code Club session at Barrow Hill Junior School, in the north London district of St John’s Wood, was about a dozen: mostly boys and a handful of girls, aged between nine and 10. For an hour, the air hummed with chatter and rapid keystrokes. Projects are designed for the kids to...

What makes a good programming kit, particularly for children? There's no real, solid answer for that. But what we do know is this: a kit that'll allow your child to take the first steps in creating new, imaginative things with code is always a good thing. That's why, with these kits, you'll be able to start your child on programming without it either being too difficult or too easy. All they'll need is a sense of creativity, determination and the...

It’s no secret that children learn in a variety of ways. While some kids excel in math, others would rather spend time planting flowers in the garden or reading a sci-fi novel. Technology has also added a new and exciting layer to gaining knowledge. Kids now have the chance to discover subjects like coding, digital photography and video productionon their own level. We’re fortunate that the Chicago area is packed with educational opportunities for kids of all ages. Learning is only...

After months in Beta, Scratch 3.0 was released on January 2nd. Its major changes include support for tablets, ditching Flash - Scratch 3 is based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript - and a new extension system. However, many existing users are deeply unhappy. Developed from the outset by the MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergaten Group, the visual programming language Scratch was intended to teach kids to code. Over more than a decade since its public launch in 2007, it has established...