With millions of children locked out of school by the Coronavirus pandemic, Chromeworks wants to teach your kids to code.
Stuck at home in quarantine? Why waste your time playing video games when you can make them? Follow along with Ontario-certified teacher Andrew Tomec and learn to make computer games and animations using MIT's acclaimed coding platform, Scratch. Our program, aimed at students 8-12 years old, is attracting praise from students and parents around the world. Build digital literacy and creative problem-solving skills, and connect with other kids in a safe, supportive online environment. There's something for every kind of kid.
3 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Watch our concise video tutorials and lesson recaps on YouTube and learn how to create your very own video games and other cool coding projects, step by step. New content posted every weekday at 9 am.
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DISCORD AGE WARNING: Please note that like all social networks, Discord limits its users to age 13 and up, so there's an expectation that younger children who are logging in to this service will be monitored by parents to confirm that they're using it appropriately. We believe the circumstances of this emergency necessitate experimentation and new approaches to communication, and after trying many solutions, we were impressed by Discord's powerful tools for text, voice chat and screen sharing, all of which make it an ideal educational tool -- with proper supervision.
Frequently asked questions
What's a live stream?
Live streaming is the broadcasting of live video to an audience over the Internet. Videos created via Live Stream can be viewed at any time afterwards, but viewing them live lets participants interact with the streamer and answer questions via text chat.
How do I watch your live stream?
Subscribe to our YouTube channel at this link, and you'll see a video thumbnail connecting to today's lesson. Click the bell-shaped icon beside the Subscribe button to enable notifications every time Chromeworks goes live or when a new video is released.
How do I watch your video and work in Scratch at the same time?
Unless you have a multi-monitor computer, you'll need to switch between different apps or tabs as you move between the instructional video and the Scratch application. In Google Chrome, you can set up a new tab for each applications and switch between the by pressing [Ctrl-1] to see the first tab, [Ctrl-2] for the second, and so on.
Can I participate if all I have is an Ipad/Android tablet?
YouTube and Scratch both work with any device that supports modern web browsers. We recommend you have both apps open in separate windows or tabs and switch between them during the lesson.
How do I talk to the teacher?
You can type questions into the chat window. Be patient, as there's up to a minute of time lag between what you see on the screen and what's happening in the real world. Mr. Tomec, our lead instructor, will be holding office hours on our Discord server immediately after each class, where more complicated questions can be answered using screen sharing.
What is Discord and how do I use it?
Discord is a multimedia communication app first created for the gaming community, but which is increasingly being adopted by the educational community. During this time of crisis, we want to introduce parents and teachers to a powerful communications and teaching tool that kids ARE ALREADY USING, and which we think holds unique potential as an e-learning platform.
What's the difference between your 9am and 10am broadcasts?
Our 9 am broacast is a shorter version of the prior day's 10am show, edited to remove all the classroom chat, remixes and other elements that aren't related to the project of the day. It's a lean and mean broadcast intended for kids who want to skip the socializing and get right to the coding.
How do I sign my son or daughter up for your class?
All our educational offerings are free and require no signup or registration.
Is Discord safe for children?
Like almost all social networks, Discord's user permissions stipulate that users be aged 13 and up. As such, there's an expectation that parents will keep an eye on their child's activity while using this service -- a task that's made easier right now while many parents are stuck at home with their children. We believe this emergency has created a unique situation for kids that demands outside-the-box solutions.
How do I join your video editing class?
For the duation of the COVID lockdown, we are offering free video editing software to all children who join our class. Simply click on this link and follow the instructions. You will be automatically enrolled in my class once you register.
What is Scratch?
Scratch is a revolutionary coding platform designed by MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Program specifically to teach coding to children. Completely free to use, Scratch boasts more than 55 million users in almost every country around the world.