Knowin: Learn Coding

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Tutorials great for beginners but no space for exploration.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of coding in a few different languages.

Ease of Play

Easy to use and navigate with some unclear options/icons.

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Subscription purchase available via in-app purchase without any parental consent.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Knowin: Learn Coding is a free app that provides kids with basic coding knowledge and instruction. The free version is ad-supported, but families can upgrade to an ad-free version with more content and offline access for $2.99/month or $9.99/year. The upgrade is an in-app purchase requiring no parental permission. This experience requires no typing (kids tap on correct answers). For that reason, the free version might be just right for kids to start out before moving onto tools that let them actually type in code. There are external links to other resources in each of the lesson areas. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

KNOWIN: LEARN CODING is a free app that includes lessons in JavaScript (including basic coding structure/logic), Swift, Python, and Bash. It covers concept like variable, conditionals, loops, Booleans, functions, and arrays. It also discusses working in the command line. There are pop-up full-screen ads, but these can be disabled with a subscription that also unlocks additional coding skills and an offline mode. Knowin: Learn Coding doesn't require any typing; answers are all multiple choice, including the coding challenges. There are some other custom features such as tracking which days kids have coded and allowing kids to change the color scheme.

Is it any good?

This is a solid option for kids who are just learning the basics of coding. Knowin: Learn Coding manages to cover a lot of intro coding skills and it does so in an accessible and friendly manner. There isn't a lot of flash here, but it gets the job done. The thing holding it back from greatness is that, without typing, there's no room for kids to actually code. Choosing multiple choice answers to fill in the blanks of pre-existing code is fine for those who are brand new, but it's not an ideal way to absorb all of the syntax necessary to create your own programs and apps. By the time kids complete the free portion of Knowin: Learn Coding, they should probably move on to an experience where they need to code from scratch. However, Knowin: Learn Coding is a perfect way for kids to learn if they're even interested in the nitty gritty of coding, and it's well worth downloading for that alone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning to code with Knowin: Learn Coding and other tools. With so many languages out there, how can you decide which one(s) to learn? Are some better for the things you'd like to accomplish?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Tech Skills: coding
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (limited content with ads free; $2.99/mo.; $9.99/year for all content, no ads)
  • Release date: July 22, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: STEM
  • Size: 69.60 MB
  • Publisher: Upskew Pty. Ltd.
  • Version: 3.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 4, 2020

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