computers : software Reviews - 12/13/2018

computers : software Reviews - 12/13/2018

Coding for Kids with Minecraft - Ages 8+ Learn Real Computer Programming and Code Amazing Minecraft Mods with Java - Award-Winning Online Courses (PC & Mac)

Category

computers, software

Price

$49.00

SKU:

B07HGKWBNR

Product Rating

5.0 / 5

  • Kids learn Java coding by programming Minecraft Mods for Mac or PC
  • Designed for students ages 7 and up! The perfect Minecraft Gift for beginners!
  • Self-paced, online course can be taken at any time - on your schedule
  • Live Mentor Assistance when you need it. More than 15 hours of interactive lessons
  • Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award and 2017 CODiE Finalist

Great gift for kids who like Minecraft! By:
My nephew loves this! He is a big Minecraft fan, so using a game he already to loves to teach him how to code is brilliant. A heads up - there is no software in the box - but instead a card with a code and some other gifts. My nephew was able to log in and get set up easily without his parents help, and he is now making his own creations for the game!
Really easy to follow By:
My 10-year old daughter loves this program! First time coding and she found the instructions easy to follow. Having fun too.
The online version! By:
My son goes to KodaKid camps throughout the year. Some are for a whole week and others are for a couple of hours.He's on fall break so he's slowly getting into it, so far so good.
Great for Homeschoolers By:
I love this program for my homeschoolers. It's easy and fun enough for them to do on their own. They are 7 and 9 years old.

Learn to Code PYTHON for Multiplayer Adventure Games (Ages 12+) – Programming and Video Game Design for Kids – Writing Software & Computer Coding - Better than Minecraft Mods - ( PC, Mac & Linux )

Category

computers, software

Price

$69.95

SKU:

B01ETTRZ3M

Product Rating

4.6 / 5

  • DESIGN A MULTIPLAYER GAME: Simply Coding Python-Multiplayer teaches how to create a client that will connect both to a local server (they'll have all the raw files that make the server work) and to connect to a server hosted live on the web! This course uses step-by-step, easy-to-follow programming instructions that let them challenge friends with fun, age-appropriate computer games they made themselves!
  • ONLINE CURRICULUM & SUPPORT: Simply Coding makes learning Python and code creation easier than ever thanks to video reviews of lessons, online community support, and live Q&A with engineers who created the code for the course! Build your child’s passion for coding software with interactive learning.
  • SCHOOL BOARD & HOMESCHOOL APPROVED, STEM CERTIFIED: Each Simply Coding program has been meticulously crafted by professional programmers, tested by thousands of children who love to learn, and approved by school boards looking to expand their STEM practices, be it through course catalogs or after school programs. Your kid has done Scratch, Khan Academy, Code.org, Codecademy, Hour of Code and now this is the NEXT STEP!
  • COMBINES EDUCATION & FUN: Our Python – Multiplayer computer programming curriculum not only enhances math and science skills by challenging spatial and critical thinking, it lets your child have fun with friends with games they customize themselves.
  • PC, MAC & LINUX: Our programs offer extended platform support and reduced system requirements so everyone can enjoy programming. Just access our online course via the registration code, create an account, and use our videos and tutorials to start learning how to create multiplayer games with Python.

Five Stars By:
Perfect
and were great to deal with By:
This was a Christmas gift for my 13 year old granddaughter. She was thrilled to get it, and this is the programming language that seems to be the one to learn these days. The company was very responsive to a question I had, and were great to deal with. Highly recommended.
Five Stars By:
awesome program
Five Stars By:
Learning in progress !
Five Stars By:
Program works as expected.
Five Stars By:
Kids love it
Not just for kids! By:
This program will do a good job at building the foundation for writing Python code. Although it says it is designed for ages 12 years and up, at 38 I did not find the lessons to be childish in any way. The games that were coded were games I was familiar with playing from my youth. Highly recommend this course!

Typing for Kids Course - Learn to Type Computer Keyboarding Adventure Video Game (Ages 6+) - Better than Books, Tutor Lessons, or Instructor Program (PC & MAC) by SimplySTEM

Category

computers, software

Price

$11.95

SKU:

B07HCPGXD8

Product Rating

4.4 / 5

  • ✓ LEARN COMPUTER KEYBOARDING the Right Way and have FUN Doing it! Through this online adventure game your child will be taught how to type correctly and proficiently through this typing mission to save Alpha Prime.
  • ✓ LIVE MENTOR ASSISTANCE: Unlike other programs that offer you a “how to” sheet and let you go, we offer live chat assistance to make sure you or your child know exactly how to best use our Typing Course. Also, one time per week we conduct an hour of live question / answer webinar with our mentors!
  • ✓ SCHOOL and HOMESCHOOL APPROVED CURRICULUM and STEM CERTIFIED: The SimplySTEM program has been approved by school systems throughout the country, both as part of their course catalogs and as an after school program. It has been in operation in classrooms for the last five years!
  • ✓ DESIGNED BY PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS AND PROGRAMMERS: Our courses have been designed based on the feedback of thousands of kids who have helped us test, refine, and perfect our system.
  • ✓ TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION: Our educational pathways are not only meant to teach children how to use technology, it’s about expanding their critical thinking skills and ability to innovate. Your kid has done the free stuff and now this is the NEXT STEP! Works on any PC or MAC.

Very Interactive By:
Guilt free way to let the kids spend time on a computer because its educational. It does take a parent for the set up but should be easily navigated b the child after that. Very interactive. I even saw myself brushing up on my typing. Love the interaction.
Easy to use By:
I purchased this for my 10 year old to help him because his handwriting is horrible and I want him to be able to type his reports. I did not take typing in high school and regret it now. This was easy to install and is very easy to use. Best part is to him he is just playing a game! I highly recommend buying this.
Easy to Navigate, Engaging By:
Watching my ten year old hunt and peck on the keyboard is pure torture. Keyboarding classes aren't usually taught until students today have years of hunting and pecking ingrained in them. I needed a way to teach him proper keyboarding. This course is great. Download, log in, and site navigation is simple. My son finds the lessons easy to follow and engaging. I expect him to be proficient in proper keyboarding in no time.
Fun way to learn how to type By:
That is a great interactive program for kids. My 10 year old wanted to play it for hours. The technique to teach typing was fun and informative. The price is very reasonable for this product. Easy to set up on the computer. Would recommend this product.
Fun with great practice! By:
I bought this for my son to help with his typing. It was recommended to us that he do extra typing practice since they allow him to do all his writing assignments on a computer at school. He’s in OT because of his handwriting so typing makes it easier for teachers to read his work. He says he LOVES playing this “game”. I love that it helps him with his keyboarding. This game keeps him occupied for a while and has taught him some great strategies. I’m very happy with the purchase!
Great for Girls and Non-gamers! By:
I purchased this for my granddaughter who is 9 years old and she seems to really like it. She doesn't have a video gamer personality, but the lessons were interactive and keep her engaged the whole time with the space mission. This resolved my concern because she is a girl and this looked like it was more geared towards boys. She learned all the correct typing skills for her fingers and seems to be enjoying it a lot! I am going to buy more for my other grandchildren.
Great for kids! By:
 This game has been fun for my daughter to use. I also enjoy the refresher on typing. The space theme was a great choice.
How Fun !! By:
I got this so that I could have something to do with my Grandkids that was fun and educational at the same time.We had so much fun. It was very Fun interactive learning. It really felt like we were playing games. This will even help Grandma touch up her skills. Things are so up to date and revielent for everything we do everyday. The sooner you can get your kids into this the better. I give this an A+ for educational and entertaining.
Amazing! By:
I got this for my first grader and he loves it! I even like doing it with him; trying to get back to typing the correct way.My pre-k daughter will be doing this when her brother is done because she keeps asking when it’s her turn!
Great for homeschoolers! By:
As a homeschooling mom I needed something both age appropriate and affordable for my kids lessons (ages 7 and 9) this program is easy to acquire and to use. I will be purchasing further lessons from this company!

Coding for Kids - Game Design Animation Software - Ages 11+ - BETTER than Scratch or Minecraft Mods- Learn to Code Real Javascript - Fun Computer Programming Projects and Video Gaming Logic (PC & Mac)

Category

computers, software

Price

$49.95

SKU:

B016CEG2JU

Product Rating

4.0 / 5

  • ✓ LIVE MENTOR ASSISTANCE: Unlike other programs that offer you a “how to” sheet and let you go, we offer live chat assistance to make sure you or your child know exactly how to best use our JavaScript software. Also, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month we conduct an hour of live question / answer with our mentors!
  • ✓ SCHOOL and HOMESCHOOL APPROVED CURRICULUM and STEM CERTIFIED: The Simply Coding program has been approved by school systems throughout the country, both as part of their course catalogs and as an after school program. It has been in operation in classrooms for the last five years!
  • ✓ DESIGNED BY PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMERS ***MAJOR UPDATE IS LIVE SEPT 2018***: Our software has been designed based on the feedback of thousands of kids who have helped us test, refine, and perfect our system.
  • ✓ CODING EDUCATION: Our educational software is not only meant to teach children how to build games and learn coding, it’s about expanding their critical thinking skills and ability to innovate. Your kid has done Scratch, Khan Academy, Code.org, Codecademy, Hour of Code and now this is the NEXT STEP!
  • ✓ WORKS ON ANY PC OR MAC: Unlike other programs that require strict system requirements, you simply need to access our online class via the provided registration access code, create an account and start using our videos and tutorials to receive a solid JavaScript education through creating computer games.

Four Stars By:
Great product
Great gift By:
This Coding for Kids Game Design Software will be an amazing gift for my 10 year old nephew. He is homeschooled and loves mine craft. This system will teach my nephew how to create his own games and help promote his thinking skills and help his imagination run wild.I love that it comes with the live chat to help him/his parents if it's necessary. The program comes with complete instructions on what you have to do to access the online activities, access codes, tutorials. The program works on both Mac and pc computers.
I liked that it was easy to follow and the directions ... By:
I liked that it was easy to follow and the directions were both written and visual. I could easily follow along with my son and I'm learning too!
Good, instructive fun! By:
Basically, I love this - the web site is super responsive and clearly well-coded. The tasks easy to implement and a great learning tool. I recommend heartily. I am learning, and I've got a much better sense of coding than the intended audience. Creative gaming an excellent way for children/newbies to learn - indeed!My only two minor complaints are user interface/experience in nature. The flash drive provided has no explanation and I spent a bit of time wondering what was on there and how to launch. It's intended to be blank, a shuttle drive, and a simple note would have sufficed. Similarly, once you arrive at "My Courses" online, there is no intuitive way to know that the courses are located in a folder in the left column - it is not self-evident. A simple icon or statement indicating that would have been helpful. Not enough to even be much of a concern, just a couple user experience improvements that are easy to implement.
Perfect for my 8 year old nerd in training By:
Perfect for my 8 year old nerd in training. He loves gaming, building things and being creative. This is definitely something he can do and I don’t have to feel guilty about allowing it. Not only can he expand his computer knowledge, but he can learn to create the games he enjoys playing. It’s easy enough for him to use on his own without my help (as if I could really offer any anyways)
It is very engaging and easy to follow along for a beginner as he has ... By:
I purchased this for my 10 year old nephew. After assisting him with the initial set-up, he has manage to navigate the program on his own. It is very engaging and easy to follow along for a beginner as he has no other experience with coding. It does require internet for use, so this is definitely better as a home project or for use in areas with wifi access. He has easily navigated the program lessons, but there is also live chat assistance when needed. All-in-all a good buy with hours of educational entertainment available.
He's done several STEM programs through school so I thought this would be perfect for him to try at home By:
I purchased this coding program for my son who loves gaming. He's done several STEM programs through school so I thought this would be perfect for him to try at home. He is loving It! The setup/login is very easy to do. I love how I can keep up with his progress. I can see what he's completed and what he has left. He said it is 'awesome' and easy to understand and do! Thank you Simply Coding, my son has found his happy place!
Awesome for your computer lover! By:
We picked this up for my 11 year old nerdling. He is going to love it. My husband and I gave it a trial run to make sure he could use it without us, and do his own thing. I think he is going to do just fine. Whether or not your kiddo will need assistance getting it set up or not will really just depend on their computer experience. My son did robotics last year, and this year gets to code a sumo, so when I saw this, I thought it was perfect. I love that they include a usb that you can use and re use, and I am really impressed with how easy to set up and use this is. I can not wait for Christmas to see his reaction. I am sure he and mu biggest kid (Daddy) will share hours of fun :)
Great coding game for kids! By:
I got this as a project for my 9 and 15 year old to work on together. They are both really interested in programming. It was very easy to get up and running and I liked that the free 8gb usb drive wasn't one of those install and re-use "bonuses" - it came empty as a true extra. The packaging does indicate that the program is for ages 10+ and I think it's important to remember that when you let your younger kiddo work with it - it's an easy program, but they will likely need assistance from someone a little older. That's exactly why this is a great thing to have my kids work on together.
Looks like a hit! By:
 I ordered this item for my 10 year old son. The package arrived a little smashed, but no worries. The USB is a hard metal key, so it was not damaged. What came in the package looked very simple, the USB and one 7 page booklet. The website is set up like virtual school and you can get lessons and learn at your own pace. Great for after school fun! My son is excited to have a cool new project to work on. I will update the review after he's completed lessons 1-10.