Do Space is committed to the continuation of the educational programs that serve our community. At this time of limited services and suspended programs, we are working to adapt our classes via digital platforms and free applications. In this blog, you will find open resources for fun learning and some tips for the tech help programs. 

Free Programs for Kid Coders-

  1. Code.org – simply go to the website https://code.org/ and sign up for a free account and start learning. You can play fun coding games, create games, change them, run them and see how they work for you. You can also share your projects with the community at code.org. 
  2. Scratch- Scratch is a drag and drop programming language and online learning application for kids. Users of the site can create online projects using a block-like interface. The service is developed by the MIT Media Lab. You can choose a character you like, give it dialogue, make it move, add music in the background and more. 
  3. Alice 3- Alice 3 is a great application for making small animated videos. You can create small fun videos with drag and drop coding. There are different themes to choose from like sky, sea or city backgrounds. You can create small stories with multiple characters and make those  characters move, speak, change size, walk, fly and more.

Free Tech Help &  Digital Resources –

  1. Youtube – Youtube has great educational videos and resolutions for technological problems you may have with your devices. Go to youtube.com and type your query in the search box. 
  2. Contact vendors- if you have any hardware related problems, always go to the vendor website for all device problems like laptops, phones and kindles. 
  3. Digital help- Tech Help Webinars will be available throughout the week of March 16 – 22. Our first one will be on March 16th from 3-4pm. Use this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/690629320

In order to create a more seamless experience during this time we are working on additional opportunities for learning by creating educational videos and working with patrons via Zoom. Please keep checking this blog for updates and new resources.

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Weston Thomson, Director of Community Learning