Best Apps and Websites for Learning to Code

Check out these helpful tools to teach basic programming skills.

December 09, 2014
Erin Wilkey Oh Executive Editor, Education Marketing
Common Sense Education


In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14) and the Hour of Code, we've put together a list of our favorite apps and websites for helping kids unlock the logic of code and the basics of programming. Whether you want to introduce coding to a room full of second-graders or give a particularly savvy high schooler a good challenge, you're sure to find a helpful resource on this list. Click through to the detailed review to get specific ideas for classroom use.

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Which tool will you be using for this year's Hour of Code? Tell us in the comments below!

Photo: "Code" by Michael Himbeault. Used under a CC BY 2.0 license.


Susan Wells
Assistant Principal
E.K. Powe Elementary

My 1st-5th graders started with the resources and coding puzzles on  They made their own "FlappyBird" games and moved on to "AngryBird" challenge puzzles. provided great introduction videos and an easy way to get started for our afterschool STEM club,  We're moving now to Cargo-Bot, Light-Bot and Daisy the Dinosaur.  We like Hopscotch but will save that until we've mastered beginner skills.