Coding for Children with Mr. Tjerand Silde

Prabodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa

Mr. Johann De Cruz of Tiqri, Colombo, Sri Lanka is known to Horizon Lanka since some time. Tiqri is involved in a new program called “Coding for Children.” They do it with the Norwegian government. Mr. Tjerand Silde, a computer programmer from Norway visited Sri Lanka in February, 2017. He visited Horizon Lanka on February 02, 2017. He did a wonderful workshop for our students till the late into the night. He brought a micro:bit unit and did a demonstration as how to use it.

He used Scratch to teach programming to us. It is a good tool for understanding the logic of programming. He also taught HTML to make web pages. In Norway, their projects can be accessed at www.oppgaver.kidsakoder.no. There are communities in Sri Lanka like this now. Visit http://www.microbitslug.com. They even have a Sinhala microbit editor https://pxt.microbit.org/beta?livelang=si-LK

Here is a list of great resources for learning how to code:

At studio.code.org there is a lot of interactive projects designed for beginners. All of them are online, but some of them are also available for downloading and installing offline as well. For example:

https://studio.code.org/download/mc

https://studio.code.org/download/starwars

https://scratch.mit.edu/ is created for teaching kids how to code.

instructions: https://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/ (also other languages)

offline: https://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/ 

http://microbit.org/ is great, but then you need a microbit (a microcontroller) to actually execute the code physically.

https://www.codecademy.com/ and https://www.khanacademy.org/ are great if you have internet access.

download python from https://www.python.org/downloads/ and use the IDLE-editor if you want to learn python. Teaching it starting with the turtle library and program turtles on the screen to go around with commands like “forward()”, “left()”, “right()”, etc. for example by following this instruction: https://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/python/

Ashen Chandoopa Wijewickrama – ashen@horizonlanka.org Grade 8, Horizon Lanka Academy

Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Tharaka Kahduwa helping the children.
Horizon Lanka children with Matthew Roy
Horizon Lanka children with Matthew Roy
Surendra with Tjerand Silde and Matthew Roy
Surendra with Tjerand Silde and Matthew Roy
jerand Silde doing the workshop
jerand Silde doing the workshop
Surendra with Tjerand Silde
Surendra with Tjerand Silde
Mr. Sisira Rathnayaka and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka
Mr. Sisira Rathnayaka and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka
Prbodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa and Ashen Chandoopa Wijewickrama
Prbodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa and Ashen Chandoopa Wijewickrama