Great Coding Apps and Games

Coding is a a skill that all of our children should know.  Here are some App suggestions for fun and engaging ways to learn how to program.

Scratch

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“With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.  Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.  Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.” – Scratch.mit.edu

Hopscotch

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“The app lets you have as much fun making games as playing them, and with its colorful, friendly interface and stacks of help and tutorials, kids (and grownups!) can build all kinds of apps—while learning the fundamentals of programming.” – The Apple App Store Editors
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“From the makers of Hopscotch, Daisy targets the youngest coders. The interface is similar to Hopscotch but much simpler. There is only a dinosaur to move and only basic functions to use, but for your younger students, this is an excellent introduction to programming.” – Edutopia.com

“With Tynker, students learn fundamental programming concepts and the principles of computational thinking. Once proficient, they can seamlessly transition to JavaScript coding within the Tynker learning system.

Not only can students switch between seeing their program in block view and code view in the Tynker Workshop, but they can also transition to coding in JavaScript with our new “Sky Pirates” course.” – Tynker.com

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