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12 free coding tools and apps

12 free coding tools and apps

These coding programs and apps help students develop programming skills–and they’re free

Coding1Educators and stakeholders agree that computer science skills are some of the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, and encouraging students’ interest in coding and computer programming in early grades can help foster interest in computer science as students enter college.

Some of the following resources or apps are designed for older students, and others are aimed at children and beginning coders.

Do you have a favorite coding tool or resource? Let us know by leaving a comment in the comments section below.

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  1. wstroup

    April 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. It is used by tens of thousands of students, teachers and researchers worldwide. It also powers HubNet participatory simulations. It is authored by Uri Wilensky and developed at the CCL at Northwestern University. It is also free.

  2. aderbenwick

    April 29, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Also check out Greenfoot (, a free and simple IDE that allows beginning coders to learn Java by developing games, simulations and other graphical programs.

  3. iflores790

    April 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I like Kodable: It teaches young students basic programming skills in a fun and engaging manner. Students earn points and “rewards”, which are motivating incentives for kids.

  4. schorj

    May 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Try CodeMonkey:
    It’s an engaging online game teaching kids to code in a real programming language!