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Looking for a great software coding tutor for my 12 year old son who will work with him in our home for 1-2 hrs a week. He has the basics but I want to keep it fun for him so that he continues to do it and does not give up as it gets harder. Any ideas?

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I am available. David L.

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There are some great websites as well as some tech information classes offered at some of your local libraries.

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User in Mesa, AZ
May 3, 2018

Hi there, thanks for posting on here! I can definitely help! Your son is at a FANTASTIC age to start learning programming and coding - and I always advise my clients that the sooner they get their student started, the better. Kids can begin learning it much earlier than you would think. I have a quite a few resources I use to make coding sessions fun and to offer reinforcement outside of the lessons; the same way a piano instructor might work with someone and then give them a piece to practice during the week. As a user interface specialist, also I provide fun, flexible peripherals which speed up coding and make it feel like playing a video game! My goal, above all, is to make writing code fun: once that catches on, the desire to keep learning it is insatiable. I've been teaching math and science - especially computer science - for over 16 years, and have applied scripting development in countless different areas, spanning across projects in biology, math, physics, engineering, biochemistry... within research, industry, and teaching. I call upon this plethora of experience and exposure to help students see the vast power and possibilities of programming, while building solid programming practices. Additionally, I've worked as an author and researcher on what educational methods work best, so I can guarantee you would be getting the most effective, proficient, progressive, patient programming tutoring possible! Let me know if you're interested, thanks! Karl

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User in Haughton, LA
April 26, 2018

Is he homeschooled? I know a site for homeschoolers but it does not involve anyone coming out but is taught online.

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Kate in W Hartford, CT
April 25, 2018

Have you tried Scratch/Scratch Jr? Another great app is Kodable.

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There is an online coding website: code.org. I tried it out once and it is lots of fun. However, I am not sure of up to what grade it was made.

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Alice.org has wonderful coding projects for teens.

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Leigha in Durham, NC
March 24, 2018

When you actually build things that function with the code you wrote, coding gets really fun. I would suggest teaching him python. You can use that language to write code for robots using arduino boards. Python is really easy and is a great language to learn when first learning to program.

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As a coder myself, I always find it encouraging to see the goal of the project or program I'm working on. Give him exercises with a clear outcome of the expected result. Through every bit of new theory or syntax he's learning, he should also allot a few minutes afterwards to construct his own piece of code. After learning new concepts, give him a project where he can integrate everything he learned! Like a question-and-answer game or maybe a program he can use for school. Big bonus if he finds a friend to go through everything with. There's nothing better and more fun than getting stuck on a problem with a friend. It'll teach him teamwork and the value for collaboration which is very important for every programmer.

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I would begin with something easy like scratch, (yes, it is a software), and ease into something like alice.org or tynker.

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Make sure your tutor is currently aware of the latest coding skills, languages, and applications for the code. With the ever accumulating amount of data we generate, there is a growing need for people to be able to organize and tell a story with the data they are presented with.

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Mayte in Basalt, CO
Feb. 23, 2018

I speak spanish as well

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Kali in Cumming, GA
Feb. 19, 2018

i know an academy which teaches coding for kids. i can provide those details

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Try to have him create things he can share with his friends. If he is seeing the fruits of his labor, he will very quickly start truly enjoying it and will study on his own without you needing to push him. Good luck!

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User in Biddeford, ME
Feb. 12, 2018

I recommend the website, HackerRank. It is a good website to learn different types of coding platforms, like R and Python. There are tutorials of how to get through the basics and work up into more intermediate and advanced levels of each program. There are also chances to answer programming questions for companies (some paid) and competitions, so that keeps the learning fun.

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User in Houston, TX
Feb. 12, 2018

What has he been working on? There are some online games that make learning to code really fun. The ones I'm familiar with are for Javascript and Python.

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There are free coding websites out there! If you Google search "free coding" lists will pop up with options to explore. I hope this helps!

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If he's learning basic coding, then it's always tough for younger, newer students to the grasp the smaller nuances of coding syntax. If you're not using these programs already, MIT App Inventor, Scratch, and the ALICE program are all great ways to have your child learn the basics of coding, while still seeing results and having a lower risk of frustration.

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Douglas in Flint, MI
Feb. 10, 2018

Either you love to write computer programs or you don't. It's not just something you learn, but more importantly, something you love to do.

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Bring the basketball hoop inside and give out questions and bring some of his favorite treats when he throws the ball. Then ask the question. He gets it give him the treat, snack, or reward. Or choose a sport he like and make it... into a family game where he has to earn it. Or even video games. Pause ask the question he needs to learn in a flash card and play. Jump, clap get him motivated and if he passes test or skill once a month buy him a gamecard gift card or something he loves. Children pre-teens need a big reward for the hard work. NJ Teacher 6-8 middle school teacher .

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Try Code.org. It has games to help teach children coding and other things.

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Have you tried Scratch or Code.org? Scratch has some great supplemental books you can find online that will help your child learn how to make games and websites that would be a great jumping off point. Code.org gets progressively harder and has lessons to help your child master the skills. There are also hours of code that can be done. You could also make an account for your child to make his own creations. Those would be my top two suggestions. Some other ideas I have for supplemental resources are Bloxel, Tinker website, and robots like Sphero, Wonder Workshop robots, Osmos, Ozobots, and Snap Circuits.

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Codeacademy.com is a wonderful website full of tutorials for coding! As well I know multiple coding languages and have 2 years internship experience in the subject. I would love to be considered for the position!

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