Learn to Make & Play Arcade Games With MakeCode Arcade - Beginner
Microsoft MakeCode is a free opensource programming platform. It allows users to create programs using blocks for a variety of hardware devices like the Tinkergen GameGo, Brainpad Arcade, Lego Mindstorms EV3, micro:bit, etc.
A Microsoft user account is not needed for this. Projects are stored locally in your browser's storage. Please visit https://arcade.makecode.com/ to take a look at the programming environment that we will be using.
60 Minutes Per Session
The class includes multiple sessions. Each session is 55 minutes long. Knowing how Scratch (another block-based programming) works is highly desired. USE OF HARDWARE SUGGESTED IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. Students can make use of the on-screen emulator if they do not have one.
Learn to Code with Scratch Jr.
In this online course, students get to learn about ScratchJr, a block programming language and do several fun projects/activities.
ScratchJr is a free programming language that is available as an app, that can be run on iPads, Android tablets, Amazon tablets, and Chromebooks. Students will be able to connect programmed blocks together to create an actual animated scene.
The course starts with the first lesson which familiarizes the basic concepts and features of the app and progresses toward modifying the characters and making them move. The course culminates in making a fun Astronaut Escape Game/Movie! No prior coding experience is necessary.
I have designed this course to be a step-by-step learning process in ScratchJr, so I have 6 classes, that each discusses the distinct features of ScratchJr. Each class we will be doing a project to learn about it.
This class also recommends the use of any tablets/iPads/Chromebooks since the app will not run on laptops/desktops (we don't have a web-based version of ScratchJr released yet). Students will have to have the app installed on their devices prior to the first class to help facilitate learning faster. Please visit https://www.scratchjr.org/ to download the app.
50 Minutes Per Session
The class include 6 sessions. Each session is 50 minutes long. No prior Coding Experience is necessary