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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
Kids create games and animations with HOPSCOTCH: LEARN TO CODE THROUGH CREATIVITY by dragging and dropping commands and instructions into a script. Kids choose characters -- colorful monsters or animals or their own images with a subscription -- and customize commands to make the characters move where they want or do what they want. They can start from a blank project or build on a starter game. Kids can share their programs with others via a link or on the Hopscotch community board in-app and play, remix (change up), or comment on projects created by other users.
Is it any good?
Social media-style sharing and easy-to-adapt visuals simplify coding and how it can be used. Kids don't have to worry about missing intricate details such as a closing parenthesis just yet, but they can see how each command is carried out and the importance of each step and its placement. The community features some great examples of what kids can create, along with some not-so-stellar examples, as everything uploaded appears instantly with no moderation. At the time of review, there was was no objectionable content in the programs, but it's certainly a possibility in an unmoderated community.
Talk to your kids about ...
Once kids have mastered Hopscotch: Learn to Code Through Creativity, they can try MIT's online application development tool, Scratch.
Talk to kids about being safe in online communities by not sharing personal details.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: engineering
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, strategy
Creativity: combining knowledge, producing new content
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free ($9.99/mo, $99.99/yr optional monthly or annual subscription needed to upload own images or save to cloud)
- Subscription price: $9.99/month
- Release date: August 22, 2016
- Category: Education
- Size: 141.10 MB
- Publisher: Hopscotch Technologies
- Version: 3.31.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
For kids who love learning about engineering and coding
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