| | Fb| Tw|
| |

iPads.ca

iPads.ca Portal Learning View Content

Best iPhone and iPad Coding Apps for Kids: Learning to Code (keep updating)

2019-02-07 14:01| Publisher: ipads| Views: 226| Comments: 6|Original author: ipads

Description: Get your kid to coding like a duck takes to water! Our roundup of the top 10 iPhone and iPad coding apps for kids make learning unbelievably enjoyable. The games have been intelligently crafted to ins ...
Capture.PNG

Get your kid to coding like a duck takes to water! Our roundup of the top 10 iPhone and iPad coding apps for kids make learning unbelievably enjoyable. The games have been intelligently crafted to instantly attract children's attention and the stunning animation fine-tuned with sound effects never let distraction creep in.


Does your little kid aspire to be the next-gen app developer or you want your sweetheart to get on with coding early on? We have you fully covered with the best iPhone and iPad coding apps for kids.


These top coding apps for iOS make learning incredibly easy. They are loaded with a gazillion of puzzles, scintillating animation and more significantly richly crafted concept that your children would love to get hooked. Oh yes, they also offer tons of rewards to keep them pumped up for more! So, why don’t you lap on a nice one to kick-start the joyride for your fast-growing champ?



7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Everything that "just works" has some type of code that makes it run. Coding (a.k.a. programming) is all around us. That's why all the cool kids are coding . . . or should be. Programming is not just the province of pale twenty-somethings in skinny jeans, hunched over three monitors, swigging Red Bull. Not any more! The newest pint-sized coders have just begun elementary school.

If you're concerned that that a) elementary school students don't have the ability to code, b) there's no room in the curriculum, and c) you don't possess coding chops to teach programming skills, throw out those worries. The following sites and apps can help anyone who has basic reading skills grasp the basics of thinking and planning in order to make things happen (the whole purpose of coding) and create applications: interactive games, quizzes, animations, etc. Best of all, many of these tools are free, or almost free, and require no coding background or expertise!


In no particular order, we have listed all the coding apps that are appropriate for young learners. We've used many of them with elementary-aged students.


GAMESTAR MECHANIC

Platform: Web
Cost: $2 per student
GameStar Mechanic teaches kids, ages 7-14, to design their own video games. Your students will love completing different self-paced quests while learning to build game levels. The site integrates critical thinking and problem-solving tasks. An app embedded within Edmodo makes logins easy for students.

SCRATCH

Platform: Web
Cost: Free!
Designed by MIT students and staff in 2003, Scratch is one of the first programming languages we've seen that is created specifically for 8-to-16-year-olds. Originally a multi-platform download, Scratch is now web-based and more accessible. Students use a visual programming language made up of bricks that they drag to the workspace to animate sprites. Various types of bricks trigger loops, create variables, initiate interactivity, play sounds, and more. Teaching guides, communities and other resources available on the website will help instructors get started. You don't have to be a programming expert to introduce Scratch -- we learned right along with the students!


TYNKER

Platform: Web
Cost: Free! (with Premium upgrade option)
Although Tynker is relatively new, we definitely count it as one of our favorite coding apps. The interface looks similar to Scratch. But while Scratch was designed to program, Tynker was built to teach programming. The app features starter lesson plans, classroom management tools, and an online showcase of student-created programs. Lessons are self-paced and simple for students to follow without assistance.


MOVE THE TURTLE

Platform: iOS (iPad and iPod)
Cost: $2.99
We love Move the Turtle, a gamified way to learn programming procedures. The main character reminds us of the old Logo turtle used to teach kids computer programming during the reign of the Apple IIe. Each new level of achievement increases in difficulty and teaches a new command that directs the turtle to reach a star, make a sound, draw a line, etc. A free play "compose" mode lets students move the turtle however they want.


HOPSCOTCH

Platform: iPad
Cost: Free!
Hopscotch looks a lot like Scratch and Tynker and uses similar controls to drag blocks into a workspace, but it only runs on the iPad. The controls and characters are not as extensive as Scratch and Tynker, but Hopscotch is a great tool to begin helping students without coding experience learn the basics of programming, logical thinking and problem solving.


DAISY THE DINOSAUR

Platform: iPad
Cost: Free!
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.


CARGO-BOT

Platform: iPad
Cost: Free!
Cargo-Bot is another game that teaches coding skills. On each level, the objective is to move colored crates from one place to another by programming a claw crane to move left or right, and drop or pick up. The game was actually programmed on an iPad, using a touch-based coding app called Codea, which is based on the programming language Lua. Elementary students will learn the logical thinking required to eventually do "real" text-based programming using Lua -- but Lua is not for young learners. For elementary students, stick with Cargo-Bot.

We hope these descriptions have whetted your appetite and that you'll incorporate coding into your curriculum. Even if a student never intends to pursue programming as a career, learning to code will still foster problem-solving skills, spark creativity and enhance logical thinking. Code.org, a pro-coding education nonprofit, features dozens of quotations about computer programming from famous and important people who believe that coding should be part of the core curriculum for every child. One of our favorite quotes is by Maria Klawe, a computer programmer and inventor who says, "Coding is today's language of creativity. All our children deserve a chance to become creators instead of consumers of computer science [emphasis added]."



Edited From: https://www.edutopia.org

Passing

Ridiculous

Shake hands

Flowers

Eggs
Leave a comment

Latest comments

Quote ipads 2019-02-07 13:52
Edited by ipads at 2019-02-07 14:00

Be it Amazon, Google or Facebook; all the top companies in the world are technology companies. And it’s going to become pervasive as we age. So, if you are a forward-looking parent or a software developer mom, now is the time to get your kids into coding. It not only introduces them to the world of programming but also logic and creative thinking. I have sorted through a bunch of apps and made a list of best coding apps for Android and iPad which teaches coding through games and puzzles. Let’s check them out.


Best Coding Apps for Kids1. Coding for kids (Age: 7+)

Teach your kid programming fundamentals with small interactive games.
This app is designed for young kids which teaches them about simple sequences, loops, functions, debugging, arrays, and coordinates. Everything is animated in 2d layout with bright colors. This helps kids ease into the game without letting them know they’re learning valuable skills with this app.  
You can choose a category, let’s say sequences and choose a game of your choice. Yes, there are multiple games in one category to keep things interesting. I decided to play connect the dots, you enter the moves and press go, if your sequence is correct you move up to the next level. All the puzzles are built around this interface teaching you fundamentals in a fun way.
This app is best for kids who are still in their primary school and learning about basic maths as it is both fun and educational. Although some of these games are locked in the free version which you can unlock by purchasing the subscription for the game at $30/year.
Download Coding for Kids for Android and iOS (free)
2. Grasshopper (Age: 15+)
Grasshopper is an app by Google that teaches you JavaScript through mini-games

When you first open Grasshopper, it asks you – if it’s your first time coding or if you have coded before. If you choose ‘first time’, the app will guide you through a series of slides explaining what coding is. Once you are done with the slides, it put you through a series of simple quizzes to make sure you understand what you read in the previous slides. If you pass this first round of quizzes, you can move on to the next course, which is a series of coding-related puzzles. And this where it gets interesting.


These coding puzzles explain various terminologies like variables, strings, loops, arrays, conditionals, operators, functions, and objects. After explaining each terminology, the app makes you go through a mandatory quiz where you put your code, based on learnings. This approach makes sure, you understand the basics before you move on to advance test. In the final stage of learning, the app takes you through series of ‘Animations’, which helps you learn drawing shapes using the popular D3 library.
What unique about this app is that it prioritizes coding over programming. Instead of explaining the fundamentals of programming like most apps, Grasshopper teaches you how to write real JavaScript code using the built code editor.
Overall, I will recommend this app to kids who are already familiar with the fundamental of programming and now wants to learn how to write real Javascript code. The only issue is, the app is that it’s limited to the only language i.e. Javascript, and Google has no plan of changing it anytime soon.
Download Grasshopper for Android and iOS (free)
3. Scratch Jr (Age: 10+)
Learn to program by animating cartoons
Developed at the MIT, Scratch Jr is a kids game designed to teach fundamentals of programming. The first page has two section – the home page and the help section. The help section gives you a brief introduction to how the app works. The home screen stores all the projects you make on the app.
Scratch Jr has a simple layout where you program your character to move in a background. For example, kids are given puzzles like feed the cat, to do so, they will have to arrange the blocks at the bottom half in such a sequence that will allow the cat to move forward three steps and then take a right turn.
There is an option to choose a time delay function, a loop function, speed function and many more. You can add many characters and background to narrative and make an interactive storyline. The only thing necessary to do this is a creative brain and the modules take care of everything else.
You can also share your project through Airdrop to any nearby Apple device or Email. The only thing missing from this app is that you can’t import your own characters but instead you have to draw everything from scratch. See what I did there?
Download Scratch Jr for Android and iOS (free)
4. SpriteBox (Age: 8+)
Spritebox is an adventure game where your avatar has to go through a maze and solve hurdles to get ahead. Meanwhile, you collect coins while looking for a way out. If you want your kid to have fun while learning about programming, this is the app you need.
When you first open the app and press the play button, it starts as any classic arcade game and you start in the world accompanied by a Fairy that helps you pave the path during your adventure. The hurdles are actually puzzles which can be solved with sequencing and looping fundamentals. You have to figure out the path using the tools and guide the Fairy to move around and do the task that you just programmed.
In my opinion, Spritebox is good for kids who have no idea about coding and you wish to install the idea of how fun coding can be at an early age.
Download Spritebox for Android and iOS(free)
5. Cargo Bot (Age: 8+)
Cargo-bot takes the innovative design on cargo crane style layout to teach programming fundamentals.
The app comes with a crane based game where the objective is to arrange the different colored boxes on the pedestal using different moves such as – up, down, left, right, pick up, drop, etc.
This app aims to stimulate your problem-solving skills with simple puzzles where you have to sort the boxes, move them to certain positions according to its color, etc.

The idea is to find the simplest solution using the fundamentals of programming such as sorting, looping, if-else statements. If you get stuck during a level you can look for hints which is better because you still have to program the crane.
Cargo-bot implements the fundamentals in an interesting concept which is actually used in docks and warehouses. Overall the game is pretty challenging and it requires a lot of brainstorming to figure out some levels.
Download Cargo-bot for iOS (free)
6. Algo City (Age: 5+)
Algorithm City is a 3D 8-bit style game which helps kids learn basic programming structure.
The game has a minimalistic appeal like monument valley.  
It has a tutorial to give you a basic idea of how to play the game. The layout is a 3d space which gives you a third person view of the game. Your avatar can be facing any direction and you have to take it to the objective (the gold coin) using the forward, left, right and jump commands. It becomes challenging because you have to keep in mind that the left and right direction corresponds to the avatar, not you. I was confused why my avatar kept moving to the left when I used the right button in the program. These tiny details are intentionally kept in the game to stimulate creative thinking.


The app is absolutely fantastic and I had a blast while testing it. It really helps you to optimize your approach to figure out the solution. This app is recommended for kids to develop their problem-solving skills.
Download Algorithm City for Android (free)
7. M1M0 (Age: 12+)
M1M0 has an interesting choice of courses on its app and offers real-life solutions. Instead of offering to teach Swift directly, M1M0 has a course that is a bundle to learn to build iOS apps, which makes sense if you’re learning to code there should be a definitive purpose for it.
You begin by selecting a course of your choice, and with each section, there are multiple chapters which you have to finish to unlock the subsequent chapter. For example, I studied swift first then its core functions and then advanced functions like classes, structures etc.
After every course, you get a personalized certificate which shows the achievement in the topic. You can learn from a list of courses available like – become a hacker, make a game, build an app, etc. You can take challenges in the app and solve the quiz based on your level in the course which is a great exercise tool.
M1M0 is an ideal app for people who are new to the programming world but have the enthusiasm to learn a new skill. This comes in handy for students and adults alike because of its modular structure. The full version costs you $30/ year which gives you unlimited access to the courses.
Download M1M0 for Android and iOS (free)
8. SoloLearn (Age: 12+)
SoloLearn is a free app designed for learning to code in various Languages.
It offers a list of programming languages like C, C++, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Python, etc. Which you can study on the app. You can choose a topic from the list and begin the free course. The course starts off with a basic understanding of the language and gains momentum as you proceed to answer.
Not only you can learn about a topic but you can take code challenges against real opponents and test your skills. It has an inbuilt code editor for most language which lets you run the codes on your phone. And the forum style community discussion boards are very helpful if you want a solution to the problems.

With  SoloLearn you can build amazing projects while learning code and discussing with the professionals on the forums. This app is recommended for students looking to expand their skill set. It is a free app and all the courses are free to learn this makes it a popular choice for people looking to share ideas and suggestions with each other while building cool stuff.
Download SoloLearn for Android and iOS (free)




Quote ipads 2019-02-07 14:04

14 Educational Apps to Teach Kids Coding

unnamed.png

In today's post we are sharing with you this collection of interesting iPad apps to help kids and young learners learn the basics of coding. They (apps) provide a wide variety of interactive games, digital stories, video tutorials, and several other materials to make learning coding fun and engaging. All of these apps are featured in iTunes Apps for Young Coders collection. You may want to check them out and share with us your feedback.


Links are under the visual.

14 Educational Apps to Teach Kids Coding


In today's post we are sharing with you this collection of interesting iPad apps to help kids and young learners learn the basics of coding. They (apps) provide a wide variety of interactive games, digital stories, video tutorials, and several other materials to make learning coding fun and engaging. All of these apps are featured in iTunes Apps for Young Coders collection. You may want to check them out and share with us your feedback.


Links are under the visual.



1- Tynker
‘Tynker is the easiest way to learn to code… Watch your child learn as they build games, write interactive stories, modify Minecraft, program drones, and even explore STEM. Great for the Hour of Code!’

2- GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding
‘Code the path of the Rocket Skateboard around the grocery store to pick up ingredients. Next, head to the Bloxshop kitchen to scoop up the cupcakes. Loaded with sweet treats, head to Bloxtown for delivery! Learn new coding concepts as the map gets trickier, play mini-games for a change of pace, and earn stickers for your Bloxshop wall!’

3- Kodable
‘Kids learn the fundamentals of every modern programming language in a fun and inviting way…The furry aliens, known as Fuzzes were exploring space when their ship unexpectedly crashed on the maze-covered planet Smeeborg. The naturally curious fuzzes need kids to program them to explore all the colorful Technomazes on the planet’s surface.’

4- Osmo Coding Awbie
‘Osmo Coding Awbie uses hands-on physical blocks to control Awbie, a playful character who loves delicious strawberries. Each block is a coding command that directs Awbie on a wondrous tree-shaking, strawberry-munching adventure.’

5- CodeSpark Academy
‘CodeSpark Academy uses a patent pending "no words" interface to teach the basics of computer programming through a variety of interactive learning activities including puzzles, games, step-by-step creative projects, game design and offline printables – all of which can be monitored by parents.’

6- Coda Game
‘In Coda Game you can be the boss of your own awesome games. Drag and drop the visual coding blocks to create games such as Air Hockey, Flappy Bird and Platform games and share them with the world! Your imagination is the only limit!’

7- Box Island
‘Box Island is a mobile game that takes boys and girls on an exciting adventure, while teaching the fundamentals of coding. Kids apply the basics, such as loops and conditionals, to progress through the super fun and challenging gameplay. Rendered in a beautiful 3D game world featuring 100 levels, where the first 10 levels are free, Box Island is a story-driven journey that keeps kids highly engaged and motivated while playing.’

8- Tinkerblocks
‘Tinkerblocks is a coding app for girls and boys aged six and up – a language free digital toy! Create your individual "Magic Eight Project", invent your "Fun Alarm System" – bring your ideas to life!’

9- Hopscotch
‘Learn to code and make your own games with Hopscotch…Whether games, art, stories, or more, you can code whatever you want with kid-friendly programming. Publish your creations to Hopscotch’s fully moderated community, where kids can play and learn from your games.’

10- Move The Turtle
‘Move The Turtle is an educational application for iPhone and iPad that teaches children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands.’

11- SpriteBox
‘SpriteBox is a unique puzzle-platformer; a mix of exploration and learning to code. By giving Sprite programs of instructions to follow, you can advance through unique worlds and help free Sprite's bottled-up friends.During your adventure, you'll learn to sequence commands, change parameters, debug faulty logic, and use simple to complex loops to solve problems.’

12- Scratch Jr
‘With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games.By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.’

13- PBS KIDS ScratchJr
‘With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from Odd Squad, Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, Arthur, WordGirl, Peg + Cat, and Ready Jet Go! The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8.’

14- Lightbot : Programming Puzzles
‘Lightbot is a programming puzzle game- a game whose game mechanics require using programming logic to solve levels. Simply guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using commands, Lightbot cultivates a real understanding of procedures, loops, and conditionals.’










Quote ipads 2019-02-07 14:06
[size=0.8em]21 Best Coding Apps for Kids that Teach Programming
As coding is increasingly recognized as a crucial element of childhood education, parents are looking for ways to reinforce coding concepts at home.
A recent surge in coding apps introduce kids as young as three to the basics of coding. Although some of these apps teach a specific language, most focus more on introducing the logic of coding. With fun characters and bright colors, kids learn fundamental concepts like loops, “if, then” statements, variables, and conditionals.
Through riddles, puzzles, and free play, kids also learn “soft” skills, like resilience, problem-solving, and patience. These coding apps help kids gain confidence by empowering them with positivity and fun.
There are so many coding apps to choose from! We’ve created this handy resource for parents, to help them choose the perfect apps for their children from preschool all the way up to ninth grade and beyond!
 Prepare your child for success: If you are looking for your child to learn to code, explore our live, instructor-led coding classes. Thousands of satisfied students. Highly rated. [Find Out More]





1. Code KartsPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + In-app purchase of $1.99
Ages: 3-5, PreSchool – KG
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

If your child loves race cars, then Code Karts is the game for them. Players guide colorful race cars around a track with drag-and-drop code. Meant for preschoolers, this game does not require any reading skills. The first 10 levels, which are free, can be beat with simple color matching.
However, an additional $1.99 will get you 60 more levels that increase in difficulty, and require incrementally more coding skill. This game also offers a racing mode. Players can test their coding speed by racing another car around the track.

2. Think and Learn: Code-a-PillarPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free
Ages: 3-6, PreSchool – KG
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Code-a-Pillar introduces very young children to sequences and is a great intro to games that use drag-and-drop blocks of code, the standard for most kids coding apps. A friendly caterpillar, bright colors, and fun music make this game instantly appealing to kids.
This game can be played with or without the accompanying Fisher-Price caterpillar toy, although the toy presents its own set of learning challenges. Levels are broken up by mini-challenges that reinforce additional non-coding skills like counting.

3. LightbotPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: $2.99
Ages: 4-13+, KG to 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Help a cute animated robot light up cubes in Lightbot. Lightbot offers three games: Programming Puzzles, Code Hour, and JR. Programming Puzzles is the main game, which costs $2.99.
Code Hour is the hour-long trial game, which is free. JR is $2.99 and for younger kids, ages 4 to 8. Lightbot JR is simple and age appropriate, but Programming Puzzles and Code Hour are notoriously challenging. It’s easy to get stuck on the puzzles, even for adults. So if your child is breezing through the other apps, this one is bound to give their brain a workout.

4. Daisy the DinosaurPlatform: iPad
Cost: Free
Ages: 5-7, KG – 2nd Grade
Find out more: iTunes

Daisy the Dinosaur is a great little app from the creators of Hopscotch (also on this list). Kids drag-and-drop commands in a simple interface to make an adorable dinosaur move, jump, and dance. The cute female dinosaur appeals to both girls and boys.
Daisy the Dinosaur teaches basic coding concepts like sequencing and conditionals in the form of fun little challenges. It also offers a “free play” mode. The app is targeted to kids too young for the Hopscotch app. 4-year-olds can understand it, but the instructions are written and not spoken, so reading assistance from parents may be needed. Meanwhile, older kids may find it too easy and beat the game in 10 minutes.

5. KodablePlatform: iPad
Cost: Free + In-app purchases of $4.99 to $29.99
Ages: 5-10, KG – 5th Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Website

A family of aliens, that look like multicolored pom-pom-balls with faces, crash land on a mysterious maze-covered planet. The object is to help them explore using simple drag-and-drop commands to guide them through the mazes one by one.
Unlike most other coding apps, Kodable teaches kids an actual coding language (Javascript) in addition to coding logic concepts. Kodable is designed to guide kids through coding from kindergarten to fifth grade. It is popular among teachers and parents alike. Kids can easily transition to Kodable’s partner tool, web-based CodeHS, when they enter middle school.

6. Scratch JRPlatform: iPad & Android tablet
Cost: Free
Ages: 5-7, KG – 2nd Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Scratch is similar to another app on this list, Hopscotch. It is an open world where kids can create their own designs and use drag-and-drop code to create games and animations. The app is only available in Scratch JR, for younger kids.
The mobile version, for older kids, is in development. Semi-customizable characters can be programmed to move, jump, dance, and sing. Kids can even record their own voices to use in the animation. Scratch JR allows young children to be creative and artistic while also learning about sequences and problem-solving.

7. SpriteboxPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free for Code Hour, $2.99/$3.99 for Spritebox
Ages: 5-7+, KG – 2nd Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Spritebox, from the makers of Lightbot (also on this list), is a 2D Super Mario-esque game that gradually teaches kids actual code. Kids switch from drag-and-drop pictures to syntax over many levels and challenges, while completing a narrative adventure.
Spritebox is beautifully designed with soft colors and watercolor-like landscapes, and a customizable avatar. Kids can start off with the free trial version, Code Hour. The challenges are doable for young kids, but also challenging enough to stump adults.

8. OsmoPlatform: iOS
Cost: Free + Coding Awbie is $78 for blocks and stand
Ages: 5-10, KG – 5th Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Website

Osmo is one of the more unique concepts out there. Instead of drag-and-drop blocks on a screen, kids use physical blocks, connected to the computer through the Osmo tablet or phone stand. There are two coding apps, and a host of additional games for the quasi-console, which are more affordable in packages and sets.
In Coding Awbie, kids use code blocks to guide a cute monster through challenges, eating strawberries and jumping over trees. In Coding Jam, kids use code blocks to create catchy jams with beats and samples. The whimsical, yet simple design with the tactile component of the blocks, make for an engrossing game.

9. Box IslandPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + In-app purchases of $2.99 to $7.99
Ages: 5-10, KG – 5th Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Despite the main character being just a box with a face, this game has impressive visual graphics. The colorful 3D animation, coupled with the narrative, feels more like an actual video game than many of its 2D competitors.
There’s nothing very unique about the drag-and-drop game play, but it’ll do the trick of teaching your kids problem-solving and basic coding logic. Be warned that the first 10 levels are free, but you’ll need to pay to unlock all 100 levels. You can’t use the same account on multiple devices, or add multiple users.

10. Codespark AcademyPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + In-app purchases of $7.99 to $119.99
Ages: 5-10, KG – 5th Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Codespark is similar in design to Super Mario World for its colorful 2d landscapes. Kids use drag-and-drop code blocks to move cute characters, known as “The Foos”, through their world, in pursuit of different prizes.
Each level in CodeSpark is different from the last. With the monthly subscription, there’s often new content to keep things interesting. In CodeSpark, players are rewarded extra gold stars for being maximally efficient in their code writing, an important skill that many coding games gloss over.

11. Sphero EduPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + $129.99 for Sphero robot, prices vary for other robots
Ages: 5-13+, KG – 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Kids can control a host of Sphero robots with coding app Sphero Edu, including mini versions of Star Wars droids like BB-8 and R2-D2. Sphero robots also include balls and capsules that autonomously roll. They are impressively durable, waterproof, and agile.
With options for all levels of coding ability, kids can draw paths, use drag-and-drop code blocks, or write code text. Users can also turn their device sideways for a simple code-free remote control, which may discourage some kids from learning to code all together. Sphero is the more affordable of the app-controlled robots on this list.

12. TynkerPlatform: iPad & Android tablet
Cost: Free + In-app purchases from $1.99 to $95.99
Ages: 6-10, 1st Grade – 5th Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

The Tynker app is part of a larger web-based learning system and elementary school curriculum. The app is also great for home use. Like others, this app teaches kids coding concepts through drag-and-drop puzzles.
Similar to Hopscotch, it allows kids to create their own apps and animations and share them with an online community. It also incorporates Minecraft, a game that a lot of kids are already familiar with. The app mimics actual code a little more than most. The learning system eventually teaches kids Javascript, Swift, and Python. You can play some levels for free, purchase additional levels, or purchase the whole package.
Tynker is definitely worth adding to your shortlist.

13. Dash and DotPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + $149.99 for Dash
Ages:  6-10, 1st Grade – 5th Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

There are several apps on this list that control robots. With multiple games and tons of accessories, Dash and Dot may be the best value. Dash, in particular, is very versatile. It looks more like a toy than app-controlled robots Cozmo and Sphero.
One interesting feature is the option to command with sounds and timers, in addition to hitting a start button. The robots remember their programming, even after the app has been shut off. However, this app is compatible on limited devices at the moment, so make sure yours is on their list.

14. Nancy Drew Codes and CluesPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + In-app purchase of $3.99
Ages:  6-10, 1st Grade – 5th Grade
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Although a female-driven coding app is a great idea, it’s a little sad that the only one out there has so many female stereotypes and so little coding. Planning and changing outfits is a big part of Codes and Clues. Also, the game is a lot more about clues than codes. Still, it’s a fun game with a clever storyline.
It may serve as a great stepping stone into coding for any child (male or female) who is resistant to some of the more techcentric apps on this list. Especially if they already like Nancy Drew, or want to play a game with a robot puppy as a main character.

15. Cozmo Code LabsPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + $149.99 for Cozmo the robot
Ages: 6-17+, 1st Grade – 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Cozmo is an unfathomably adorable little robot that moves, picks up blocks, looks around, detects objects, speaks short sentences, and more. Cozmo is controlled with Code Labs, a drag-and-drop coding app and is bound to be a huge hit with the kids.
Although you can create mazes and obstacle courses for Cozmo in your home, there aren’t any levels or challenges to this app. The free play may be too open-ended to keep the attention of some kids. Also, it is an expensive and somewhat fragile toy that has occasional glitches and needs to be charged. Still, Cozmo’s charming personality is pretty irresistible.

16. Lego BoostPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + $159.94 for Boost Creative Toolbox
Ages: 7+, 2nd Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Boost allows kids to build different Lego models and program them with a code-based app. The app uses drag-and-drop blocks of code. Users can program the models to make sounds and move.
The set teaches kids to build 5 different models: a robot, a cat, a lego-building machine, a guitar, and a mouse on a car. They can also program their own projects and designs. This set may be expensive, but its extremely versatile and impressive. If your child is already a fan of Legos, this will be an easy transition.

17. HopscotchPlatform: iOS
Cost: Free + $7.99/month subscription or $79.99/year subscription
Ages: 8-17+, 3rd Grade – 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Website

Hopscotch is the “open world” of kids coding apps, most popular for teaching both STEM and artistic skills at the same time. Kids are given ample tools to control and command virtually limitless characters, designs, and illustrations.
They can create games and animations and share them with an online community. Purchases unlock additional features, but the free version is plenty entertaining. Hopscotch rewards kids for learning the logic of coding with immediate results. It uses a drag-and-drop interface, and leaves the boring syntax for later.
This app is ideal for creative types, but for kids that like a little more structure, it may be too open-ended.

18. Swift PlaygroundsPlatform: iPad
Cost: Free
Ages: 10-13+, 5th Grade – 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

Swift Playgrounds is a collection of coding games, created by Apple, that teach Swift, a programming language used to build apps. Swift is Apple’s language, but several other apps on this list teach it.
In the main game, players guide a cute character through challenges in a colorful 3D world. The app also offers other coding games. The game integrates with other apps, and even controls non-Apple robots and drones like Lego, and even Sphero and Dash (also on this list).
This is a great way to ease your pre-teen into real text-based code, without completely foregoing the cute characters and games.

19. Programming HubPlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + In-app purchases of $.99 to $74.99
Ages: 13+, 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

If you have a teen who’s ready to get further into the nitty gritty of coding, Programming Hub is a great choice. With over 20 languages to choose from, this app teaches high schoolers and adults in an accessible and fun way.
The pleasing design, byte-sized lessons, and mini challenges make coding approachable to anyone. However, this app does require some initiative on the part of the user. Younger children are likely to lose interest quickly.

20. RobozzlePlatform: iOS & Android
Cost: Free + In-app purchases of $.99 to $1.99
Ages: 13+, 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Google Play, Website

If your teenage (or younger) son or daughter loves logic puzzles, Robozzle will not disappoint. This unapologetically no-frills design is reminiscent of early arcade games like Pac-Man. With very few variables, this simple game allows for well over a thousand levels.
It will exercise your understanding of conditionals and force you to think outside the box. The game’s forums provide supportive resources for Robozzle puzzlers. Throw your Sudoku away. You won’t need it after you’ve tried this.

21. CodeaPlatform: iPad
Cost: $14.99
Ages: 13+, 9th Grade +
Find out more: iTunes, Website

Codea is another open-ended game like Hopscotch, Tynker, and Scratch JR. The app allows you to create interactive games, visuals, and graphics using the programming language, Lua. Codea allows you to write code from various menus using simple touch commands.
You can incorporate characters, sounds, images, and commands from the menus into your design. Codea has very impressive 2d and 3d graphics. The interface, however, is somewhat sophisticated. Younger children are likely to get bored quickly.

Introducing your child to these apps is a fantastic way to get them hooked on coding. Through these games, they will begin to associate coding with fun, imagination, and possibility. If your child has an aptitude for coding, the best way to reinforce what they’re learning is through structure and human connection.





Quote ipads 2019-02-07 14:07
Teach Children Basic Coding With iPad-Savvy Blocks

[YouTube=750,450]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8sMjJR37MI[/YouTube]

Quote ipads 2019-02-07 14:10
Let's Play Osmo! Osmo Coding - Meet Awbie

[YouTube=750,450]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrxB4zHT1No[/YouTube]
Quote ipads 2019-02-07 14:11
Osmo Coding - New "Lego of Programming"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iosNyOsIcPY

View all comments(6)

Archive|Mobile|iPads.ca  

2020-01-18 16:23 GMT-8 , Processed in 0.174642 sec., 15 queries , Gzip On.

© 2014-2020 IPADS.CA

To Top