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Textual programming

"use two or more programming languages, one of which is textual, each used to solve a variety of computational problems"
Self study resources
Resources for lectures or group study
Resources for use with pupils
  • Sonic Pi - Scheme of working teaching programming concepts using a text based environment that makes music. Currently on Rasp Pi but Windows based app being produced. (see zip file below)
  • Introduction to C++ Coding. A good introduction (with an American accent) to textual programming with C++. Links a simple classroom scenario to how it translates into a common programming language. Posted by New Ways to Learn Ltd
  • Introduction to Programs, Data Types and Variables from Khan Academy. A simple introduction to programming in Python. It starts with showing the role of Data Types and Strings in textual programming. About 11 minutes and covers a good glossary of terms. Posted by New Ways to Learn Ltd
  • Lots of proven tools here for textual programming. Ranging from a funky version of Notepad to some more in-depth and highly functional applications. Worth reviewing to choose one as a core platform for KS3. 
  • KS3 Programming Workbook. Not always the easiest format for quick learning, however, this will be a good starting point for many teachers and readily transformed into a workbook for pupils. Just 8 pages long and covers the basics to get you a few steps ahead of pupils. Well recommended for a quick read. Posted by New Ways to Learn Ltd
  • Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python A free e-book with tutorials introducing various programming concepts. "Written to be understandable by kids as young as 10 to 12"
  • KidsRuby is a very simple editor/ IDE for Ruby. It has a number of Ruby Libraries (gems) pre-installed such as a game library and turtle style graphics to ease the transition from roamers and logo to Ruby.
  • Programming Languages: IDEs. Video.
Carrie Anne Philbin,
Jun 4, 2013, 2:18 AM