Category Archives: Online Web-Based

The Hour of Code™

Try an Hour of Code™ with Khan Academy

In a galaxy far, far away, programming droids is something everyone can do…

“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[] and[] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Are you ready to master the digital domain?

Learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the internet works with The Hour of Code

Computer programming can be learned early on and is considered by many as fundamental as reading and writing.

Teaching kids to code opens up logic and reasoning, and can give them the experience of creating fun and helpful applications.

“Your child doesn’t have to be computer science engineer. Maybe they want to do something else. But in our world today this is going to be basis for everything we do.”  ~ Math & Science Teacher


Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. Over 200 tutorials and lesson plans. Try this year’s new tutorials!

Khan Academy has 3 areas of tutorials for the Hour of Code.

Khan Academy offers several tutorials for the Hour of Code for your child (and you!) that don’t require any coding experience:

  • Drawing with code: Learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages (ages 8+).
  • Creating webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).
  • Creating SQL databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create data tables and query the data (ages 12+).


Algorithms? Loops? Conditionals?

Think computer programming is too hard?

Giving commands to a computer, which is what programming is all about, is just like giving commands to a dog. CodeHS lets you learn how to code with Karel the Dog — a fun, accessible, and visual introduction to text-based programming that teaches fundamental concepts like commands and functions to absolute beginners.

Codecademy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript that’s used by tens of millions of students around the world. We’ve prepared a no-hassle Hour of Code experience with accompanying quizzes, slides, and a completed project for students at the end.

Code Combat lets you defeat ogres to learn Python or JavaScript in Code Combat, an epic programming game!

There’s a whole lot more listed at Computer Science Education Week

Want to keep learning? Go beyond an hour

No device or internet? Try ‘unplugged’ computer science

Thinkersmith has lessons that use paper and pen, decks of cards, and simple materials to teach children the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the invaluable skill of debugging.

Got PCs with slow (or non-existent) internet access? Download the Blockly tutorials that were the precursor of the tutorials – a single 3MB ZIP file can be loaded onto any computer or used off a memory stick

Kodable designed the fuzzFamily Frenzy to use plain paper as an introduction to programming logic for kids 5 and up.

Project Guts has this “unplugged” activity that helps students learn how modeling and simulation works by having a group of students play different versions of the Rock / Paper / Scissors game, and see the results as different modeling experiments.

So, there you have it.

Now get out there and code!

The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.



Building a Community of Homeschools

Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools
egional Membership Group

We’re building a community to help and support home education in southwest Wisconsin! Membership is open now in the Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools regional group. The group is open to any home educating family in the general area of southwest Wisconsin whose children are-will be-have been learning at home through any method of homeschooling.

Here’s what you get as a member:

  • Email notifications and reminders
  • Forums (searchable and archived)
  • Registration sign ups
  • Printable Membership Cards
  • Classified ads
  • Calendar listings
  • Shareable links and resources
  • Discount on WPA Membership
  • Discount on HSLDA Membership

Our membership year runs from October through October. Membership fee is $8.50 per family. You may join at any time, however the fee is not prorated and late charges may apply.

Are you part of a local homeschool support group?
The SW Wisc Community can
include local support groups within our regional network membership. Your local group maintains its own identity and image, and controls its own forums and event sign ups. Imagine how this could streamline your field trips and coop classes! Plus each individual can access the complete membership site.

Let’s find answers, help each other and build friendships.

The more of us banded together can make an impact for all of us.

Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools


Reverse Summer Learning Loss: TenMarks Free Math Program

TenMarks Free Summer Math Program for Families

If you’re looking for a way to keep your kiddo’s math skills sharp this Summer, give this a try…

Check out this free program from Amazon – TenMarks.

It’s individualized for every student and they spend just an hour a week online.

TenMarks online program (a $39.95 value!) is free this summer,
and any student in First Grade through High School can participate.

All you need to do to start, is enter your name, zip code, email, and your child’s name and a grade level.

No credit card needed!tenmarks online math skills free summer 2015

Your student will be assigned a login and password.

After logging in, the student will take a diagnostic assessment that covers core topics from the last school year.

The TenMarks online program is adjustable to fit your student’s level.

Getting Started:
1) Give username and password to your child.
*Note: if you are using the same browser as your child, please be sure to log out of your parent account before having your child log in to the student account. 2) After logging in, your child will take a diagnostic assessment that covers core topics from the last school year.
2) Create custom rewards to help encourage your child. Custom incentives motivate your child to build their math skills and confidence.  The rewards are personal and totally up to you… pizza, video games, puppies, a visit to the zoo — anything from stickers to tablets!
NOTE: TenMarks and Amazon are not involved in providing rewards. Rewards are completely up to you to create and give to your child.

Follow or Modify Your Child’s Program

  • Keep track of your child’s progress on the Reports Page.
  • Optionally, add and remove topics or change the order of your child’s program on the Assignments page.
  • If the program is too challenging or easy, you can reset the program with a different grade level.

Students Earn Points and Level Up

  • Students can track their own progress.
  • Every assignment completed earns an extra 100 points plus a performance bonus.
  • Jam Session questions earn an extra point for every correct answer.

Motivate Your Child and Watch Their Progress!

    • Create multiple rewards which your child will earn in sequence.
    • Come back to watch your child’s progress.

NOTE: TenMarks and Amazon are not involved in the fulfillment of any reward.