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Coding Resources

This is a collection of links to external resources that may be valuable as you explore coding. The links are sortable by different tags, and each resource has a brief description. Disclaimer: The resources listed below are recommended by Wisconsin public librarians and are not intended as endorsements by DPI.

Resource Description Tag
Binary Bracelets A passive (participant-led) craft for youth that teaches the basics of binary coding language, offline materials/devices, learning activities
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Located in many municipalities, these clubs offer youth a range of experiences. Through a partnership with Microsoft, the organization has a focus on computer science. institution/organization, learning activities
Boy Scouts of America Programming Merit Badge An outline of the requirements and resources for the merit badge institution/organization, learning activities
Coding Clubs: Youth Programming in Public Libraries webinar A one hour webinar recording on YouTube from TechSoup about youth services programming related to coding learning activities
Code Academy Online and interactive coding lessons for high school aged youth institution/organization, learning activities
Code Avengers Online courses for high school aged youth that teach coding basics through the lens of specific careers institution/organization, learning activities
Code.org A non-profit focused on computer science and the originator of Hour of Code institution/organization, learning activities
Codea An iPad app for high school aged youth that allows users to create and design games and simulations learning activities, app
CodeHS A teaching platform to help teach computer science to high school aged youth institution/organization, learning activities
CoderDojo An international organization focused on youth and computer programming institution/organization, learning activities
Continuing Education from the iSchool at UW-Madison In-person and online continuing education courses for library staff through UW-Madison institution/organization
CS Fundamentals Unplugged A list of unplugged activities from Code.org learning activities
CS Teaching Tips Computer Science teaching tips that help teachers anticipate students' difficulties and build upon their strengths institution/organization, learning activities, article/document
CS Teaching Tips Talking Points Computer Science teaching tips and talking points that help teachers anticipate students' difficulties and build upon their strengths learning activities, article/document
CS Unplugged CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through games and puzzles materials/devices, institution/organization, learning activities
Cubetto Coding without screens for children ages three and up materials/devices, learning activities
Daisy the Dinosaur An iPad app for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding learning activities, app
Dash and Dot and Cue robots Specific robots that teach coding concepts through use of iPad and Android apps materials/devices, learning activities, app
Definition of computer science A definition of computer science from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction institution/organization
Explora Educator's Edition A database of educator tools available through BadgerLink institution/organization, learning activities, article/document
Frogs and Cupcakes A passive (participant-led) board game activity for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding, offline materials/devices, learning activities
Gear Learning An organization through UW-Madison focused on designing and developing games institution/organization
Girl Scouts: Made with Code A partnership between the Girl Scouts and Google focusing teaching girls 13+ to code institution/organization, learning activities
Girls Who Code A national non-profit focused on the gender gap in technology institution/organization, learning activities
Hopscotch An iPad app for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding learning activities, app
Hour of Code with Code.org A one hour introduction to computer science and computer programming learning activities
Hour of Code with Khan Academy A one hour introduction to computer science and computer programming learning activities
How to Talk About Coding A PDF of bulleted talking points created by WisCode Literati article/document
Khan Academy A non-profit that provides free online education in a variety of subjects institution/organization, learning activities
Kodable An iPad app for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding learning activities, app
Lego Mindstorm An iPad and Android app for middle school aged youth that teaches the basics of coding in conjunction with use of a specific devices called EV3 robots materials/devices, learning activities, app
Lego STEM Activities: Pinterest Search Search results for a range of passive and staff-led activities related to STEM, using Lego materials/devices, learning activities
Library Journal Online Courses Online courses for library professionals, including coding and related fields institution/organization
Lynda.com Thousands of online courses taught by industry experts, including the field of computer science institution/organization
Makey Makey Makey Makey makes out-of-the-box thinking possible with a small board, USB cable, and electrical wires (and a few lessons about circuits and conductivity). materials/devices, learning activities
MKE Mixers An ILEAD USA Wisconsin project emphasizing how any public library can be a maker space institution/organization, learning activities
Move the Turtle An iPad app for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding learning activities, app
Ozobot Coding meets STEAM with these tiny robots, suitable for early elementary ages up to adults. By creating color coded sequences, the user programs the robot to navigate along the chosen path. Even more, Ozobots can be coded to change colors and speed. materials/devices, learning activities
Ozobot Evo Evo is a step up from the Ozobots. Evo allows users to draw with markers on paper, and using its color recognition, Evo responds by detecting the color and spinning, speeding up or slowing down. materials/devices, learning activities
Pixar in a Box Partner content from Khan Academy, this resource offers a behind the scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs institution/organization, learning activities
Play Make Learn An annual professional development event at UW-Madison focused on the playing and making aspects of gaming and computer science institution/organization, learning activities
Program a Friend A passive (participant-led) activity that teaches the basics of coding as a set of instructions, offline materials/devices, learning activities
Robot Turtles A passive (participant-led) board game activity for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding, offline materials/devices, learning activities
School of Information Studies at UW-Milwaukee Master of Library & Information Studies program at UW-Milwaukee institution/organization
Scratch A project of MIT that allows users to program their own stories institution/organization, learning activities
Scratch Jr. An iPad and Android app for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding learning activities, app
Snap Circuits Snap circuits allow users to safely experiment with electricity and circuitry simply by snapping pieces together. materials/devices, learning activities
Sowing Seeds Librarian A blog from Brewer Public Library (Richland Center, WI) with numerous posts about coding activities learning activities, article/document
Sphero An iPad and Android app for middle school aged youth that teaches the basics of coding in conjunction with use of a specific robots (SPRK+, Ollie, and Sphero) materials/devices, learning activities, app
Squishy Circuits Squishy Circuits use conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. materials/devices, learning activities
Tabletop coding An unplugged coding activity using a checkerboard materials/devices, learning activities
The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries A defining report on why public libraries are essential to growth of local communities institution/organization
The iSchool at UW-Madison The Information School at UW-Madison offers a range of information-education programs institution/organization
TreeHouse A subscription-based platform that teaches computer science related courses institution/organization, learning activities
Tynker An iPad app for early elementary aged youth that teaches the basics of coding learning activities, app
University of Wisconsin System A system of 26 campuses and UW Extension emphasizes public education, including the field of computer science institution/organization
Why Every Child Should Learn to Code An article written by Dan Crow and published by The Guardian speaking to future article/document
WisCode Literati A project started through ILEAD USA-Wisconsin focused on teaching computational thinking institution/organization, learning activities
Wisconsin 4-H Computer Programming and Animation STEM-focused resources from UW-Extension for the 4-H community institution/organization, learning activities
Wisconsin Computer Science Educators List Serv A email list for educators (including library staff) to share and discuss efforts related to computer science institution/organization, learning activities
Wisconsin Mathematics Council Annual Conference An annual event for math educators typically features a daylong pre-conference on computer science and coding institution/organization, learning activities
Wisconsin Standards for Computer Science Computer Science Education Standards adopted in 2017 institution/organization
Wisconsin Technical College System The WTCS specializes in connecting students with Wisconsin employers, including the field of computer science institution/organization
For questions about this information, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt (608) 267-5077