EDU in 90: Coding on Chrome with Web Apps

and welcome back to EDU in 90. Today, we’ll be jumping back
into the world of computer science and looking
at some quick ways to get started with coding
right on your Chromebooks. AT MCWILLIAMS: Earlier
this season, we looked at CS First, a Google
coding curriculum that uses Scratch, an
introductory language made of stackable blocks of code. On this episode, we’ll give
you the lowdown on web apps and share some of our
favorite coding resources. TIM ANDERSON: Web apps
offer functionality that’s similar to programs you’d
install onto your device, but because they’re cloud-based,
they’re always up to date. And as an added bonus, when
you’re signed into Chrome, you can access your favorite
web apps from your Chromebook. Check the link in
the description below for steps on
how to set these up. There are lots of
opportunities to use web apps in the classroom. Let’s check out a few coding
resources with great web apps. AT MCWILLIAMS: When it comes
to teaching younger students the fundamentals of coding,
stackable instruction block tools are the best,
because they teach students basic coding concepts. For this type of
coding, is one of our favorite sites. has free
coding curriculum, professional development
resources for teachers, and coding environments
for students to learn code through
snapping blocks together. As your students build
their coding skills, it’s also a platform for
text-based coding languages, where they can build
apps, games, and websites. TIM ANDERSON: And let’s
talk about other coding environments, like ones
for older students who are often learning
text-based coding languages, like Python,
JavaScript, and HTML. AT MCWILLIAMS: There are some
great paid and free tools out there to help with this. You can get started
with Trinket. It’s a great web
app since it doesn’t require download plugins,
installing software, or a subscription fee. It’s designed for
education and makes it easy to check and share
modules, called Trinkets. TIM ANDERSON: Another
popular one is It’s built for classrooms, has
tools exclusively for teachers, and in-browser
coding environments for over 30 coding languages. It’s also easy for students
and teachers to share projects, and has great teacher
management systems as part of its paid feature set. AT MCWILLIAMS:
Lastly, Vidcode helps students learn to code
through augmented reality projects, Snapchat
filters, memes, and more. It’s developed a
reputation for being easy for non-technical
teachers to learn and for using creative
programs to ignite kids’ interest in coding. Beyond coding
environments, web apps can even be used for coding
and controlling robots, like LEGO Mindstorms and
Sphero, and for designing 3D printables through
programs like BlocksCAD. TIM ANDERSON: And coding is
just one use for web apps. They can also be used for
recording voices, shooting video, organizing projects,
or simplifying access to your top websites. Our time’s up for today, but
we’ll have one more episode on coding this season. So keep an eye out for that. And in the meantime, tell us
what you think in the comments below, and be sure to
subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel. We’ll see you next time. KATE HOWELL: Be
sure to check out our last episode for
more updates from Google for Education. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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