Saturday, July 19, 2014

CodeMonkey - A Fun Programming Environment for Kids

Earlier this week in my post about seven free Edmodo apps to try this summer I mentioned CodeMonkey. CodeMonkey is worth mentioning again because it is available as a stand-alone website for students and teachers that do not use Edmodo.

CodeMonkey is a fun game through which students learn some basic programming skills. In the game students have to help a monkey get his bananas. The game presents students with a series of thirty progressively more difficult challenges in which they have to help a monkey reach his bananas. Students help the monkey get his bananas by correctly programming the movements of the monkey. CodeMonkey provides little tutorials for to help students through the challenges.

See CodeMonkey in action in the video below.

Applications for Education
Playing CodeMonkey alone isn't going to turn students into programmers, but it could definitely inspire them to explore other programming options.

The Week In Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from sunny Maine where earlier this week I wrapped-up the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. A big thank you to everyone that made the trek to Maine. An especially big thank you to those that endured delayed and canceled flights to get here. As I do with every workshop that I run, this week I learned new things that will make the next one better. I'm already considering offering beginner and advanced versions of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp next year.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Storyboard That Releases New Teacher Guides
2. National Geographic Offers Free Online Courses for Teachers
3. 6 Uses for Evernote in the Classroom
4. 7 Free Edmodo Apps to Try This Summer
5. Check Out the Education Templates in Stormboard - A New Collaborative Planning Tool
6. Three Ideas for Using Plickers In the Classroom - Results of My First Trial
7. Padlet Adds a New Layout Option

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