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What's it about?
Kids create games and animations with HOPSCOTCH-PROGRAMMING FOR KIDS by dragging and dropping commands and instructions into a script. Kids choose characters — like colorful monsters — 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, and kids can play remix, or comment on projects created by other users.
Is it any good?
This basic programming platform is a great way to introduce kids to coding and computational thinking. With fun characters and easy-to-use visual blocks for commands, Hopscotch-Programming for kids lets users explore the fundamental concepts of computer programming without worrying about the minute details of more sophisticated programming languages just yet. They'll think like programmers, from coming up with their own idea to implementing it and troubleshooting it. While it's is a good starting point for learning about computer programming, kids may get frustrated with the limits of the app and their abilities. This tool won't help them create the next Minecraft, so you may want to set realistic expectations and show some examples of what kids can do. The community features some great examples of what kids can create, and is curated by moderators. Overall, this app is a solid choice for introducing mobile device users to the world of coding, and it works best with thoughtful guidance and scaffolding from parents.
Talk to your kids about ...
Talk about coding: What are the benefits of learning the basics of coding with apps like Hopscotch-Programming for kids? Beyond games, how is coding used in the world?
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- 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 to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try ($7.99/mo, $79.99/yr)
- Release date: August 22, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: STEM
- Size: 141.10 MB
- Publisher: Hopscotch Technologies
- Version: 3.40.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later.
- Last updated: September 4, 2020
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