10 FREE Educational Sites for Programming

My kids love the idea of creating video games, apps, web pages and other creative endeavors. I thought I would share some of the sites we use for this purpose.

1. Code Academy http://www.codecademy.com/

Learn to code with Python, Javascript, HTML/CSS, Ruby on Rails, PHP and APIs.  FREE

2. Code.org (Hour of Code) http://code.org/learn

Great introduction to the tenets of programming using scratch and other resources. (Hour of Code is over, but all tutorials are still available.)  Make phone / tablet apps and other cool stuff. FREE

3. Khan Academy

Learn about computer drawing and animation here https://www.khanacademy.org/cs

OR

learn about Python programming here https://www.khanacademy.org/science/computer-science-subject/computer-science (both are FREE)

4. Source Filmmaker http://www.sourcefilmmaker.com/

Learn about how to make 3D animation and cinematics. FREE

5. RPG Maker http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/

Make your own roleplaying games. FREE

6. Game Maker Studio https://www.yoyogames.com/studio

Learn how to make platformer games for any configuration. Free version available.

7. Xtreme Worlds http://mmorpgmaker.org/program-downloads/

Make your own MMORPG! Free version available.

8. Minecraft.edu http://minecraftedu.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

Find lesson plans for Minecraft applications (everyone’s favorite) FREE

9. Gimp http://www.gimp.org/

Free design software for any use. FREE

10. Construct 2 https://www.scirra.com/construct2

Construct 2 is a powerful ground breaking HTML5 game creator designed specifically for 2D games. It allows anyone to build games — no coding required!

I hope this helps you and your little “techie-head” to find some technology that helps them express their creative side!

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