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What's it about?
Start using MIMO: LEARN HOW TO CODE THROUGH INTERACTIVE TUTORIALS AND QUIZZES! by creating an account and choosing a course by tapping it. You'll see an overview of what will be taught in the course, the appropriate audience knowledge level for the course, and the estimated amount of hours it takes to complete it. Tap "Start Learning" and then tap "Introduction," which is the first item on the course's menu screen. Every lesson thereafter will include information, a "code snippet" to interact with, other interactive elements such as multiple-choice questions or sequencing order of events, and "motivational feedback" sentences. Progress is clearly displayed both within the lessons and on the main menu screen. Users can work on multiple courses at once and move among courses as desired.
Is it any good?
Especially relevant for teens and adults who don't want to take a formal coding course, this app lets users self-pace and self-select when and what they want to learn. Unless an adult is assisting, this app isn't likely a great fit for most younger kids. There are no audio instructions, and kids need to read and comprehend big words and concepts such as "sequential order," "floating point numbers," and "alternative scenarios." One helpful addition to this app would be hints when a user continues to answer a question incorrectly. Still, for teens and adults, it's just challenging enough and -- for a topic some people consider dry -- it's pretty entertaining, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Mimo: Learn how to code through interactive tutorials and quizzes! can help teens become producers as well as consumers of tech. Ask your teen: What real-life idea or solution to a problem do you have that learning to code could make a reality?
Talk to your teen about completing the two-minute lessons in spare moments. How often does your teen check their phone for social media messages? How many minutes do they spend daily scrolling through Instagram? Suggest using part of that time to learn coding with the app.
Set the example and use it yourself. Parents can benefit from learning to code, too!
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Self-Direction: academic development, work to achieve goals
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try ($9.99/mo.)
- Release date: August 30, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: STEM
- Size: 26.90 MB
- Publisher: Johannes Berger
- Version: 1.0.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: March 29, 2019
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