by Bryson Payne
April 2015, 336 pp.
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Bryson Payne and Teach Your Kids to Code are featured in The Wall Street Journal!
“A straightforward, crystal-clear guide to programming in Python...Sophisticated concepts and serious programming make for an easy, enjoyable game for families.”
“An easy five stars...With the information provided in Teach Your Kids to Code, kids (and adults) will have a solid foundation from which to jump to more advanced programming books.”
“Kid coders who have mastered the likes of Scratch, or older students who are math inclined and want to learn how to code, will find a worthy choice in Payne’s guide to Python programming.”
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Teach Your Kids to Code is a parent's and teacher's guide to teaching kids basic programming and problem solving using Python, the powerful language used in college courses and by tech companies like Google and IBM.
Step-by-step explanations will have kids learning computational thinking right away, while visual and game-oriented examples hold their attention. Friendly introductions to fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and functions will help even the youngest programmers build the skills they need to make their own cool games and applications.
Whether you've been coding for years or have never programmed anything at all, Teach Your Kids to Code will help you show your young programmer how to:
Teach Your Kids to Code is the perfect companion to any introductory programming class or after-school meet-up, or simply your educational efforts at home. Spend some fun, productive afternoons at the computer with your kids—you can all learn something!
About the Author
Bryson Payne has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University and is a tenured Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Georgia, where he has taught for over 15 years. He previously taught middle-school math and programming and continues to work extensively with K-12 schools to promote technology education.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is Coding and Why Is It Good for Your Kids?
Chapter 1: Python Basics: Get to Know Your Environment
Appendix A: Python Setup for Windows, Mac, and Linux
“The text is clear, the graphics are engaging, and the apps are awesome. This is the programming guide for parents and kids to enjoy together.”
“The energy and excitement Bryson brings to teaching is captured perfectly in Teach Your Kids to Code, with colorful, captivating games and graphics that help develop real-world skills.”
“Provides the building blocks of a great future in the rapidly changing world of technology.”
“The concepts in Teach Your Kids to Code can help any young person enhance their college prospects and expand their career opportunities, and Dr. Payne presents these skills through fun, challenging games and apps.”
“Every child on the planet should have this book, and so should every parent.”
“An innovative, motivating guide . . . Builds skills that can last a lifetime.”
“The kind of book I wish I’d had as a kid.”
“Dr. Bryson Payne is a computer scientist and professor of the highest caliber, and with Teach Your Kids to Code, he brings the power of computers within easy reach for readers young and old.”
“A brilliant combination of engaging, imaginative apps and valuable, lifelong skills.”
“Teach Your Kids to Code and the logical thinking it introduces will help build the next generation of technology leaders.”
“This book can jump-start your child’s success in a high-tech world.”
“Dr. Payne set us on the path that led us to our dream jobs! With Teach Your Kids to Code, he’s providing parents and teachers everywhere the chance to do the same for the next generation of creative problem-solvers.”
“Bryson helps people improve their lives with technology. His book does the same.”
“Enjoyable and accessible to parents and children alike.”
“Dr. Payne used robots, games, and fun programs to motivate me in college, and Teach Your Kids to Code extends that same passion for coding cool apps beyond the walls of the campus.”
“It's so straightforward that you could easily hand this book to a child in upper elementary school or beyond and have them teach themselves. A win in my book when it comes to summer activities.”
“My grade 8 students won't give the book back! They love it!”
“The graphics are impressive, the games are fun, and the explanations are clear and encouraging.”
“An excellent guide to learn Python.”
"Teach Your Kids to Code is a helpful resource for any homeschool parent wanting to introduce their child to computer programming. It's a great investment in the technical education of your children!"
Listen to Bryson Payne on WBAI's Off the Hook radio!
Bryson was interviewed on “The Public Eye with Dr. John Raber.”
Read about Teach Your Kids to Code and Dr. Bryson Payne's book signing at the University of North Georgia bookstore.
Listen to an interview with Bryson Payne on Fred Fishkin's BootCamp Report.
Teach Your Kids to Code is featured in the Gainesville Times.
Bryson Payne spoke with Grayson Hamilton on the Popzara podcast about the importance of STEM education and teaching kids how to code.
"If you are looking for a way to help students (or your own children) to expand their horizon and reach their full potential then this is a book you should check out."
Check out Bryson Payne's Opensource.com articles on cyborg jobs, affordable ways to get kids coding, and the importance of coding and technology in K-12 schools.(top)