FREE – Hopscotch HD, an educational app that teaches kids how to program their own games and animations! Introduce kids to computer science with this app. 🙂 Kids drag and drop “method blocks” into scripts. When they are done, they can press play to see their code in action! Why teach kids coding? According to the developer – there will be about 1.4 million computer jobs by 2020 and only 400,000 computer science students. Many coders first fell in love with coding when they were 8-12 year old children. Hopscotch is based on a visual programming language named Scratch which was developed by MIT. It promotes STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) in a fun way – by making coding kid-friendly! LOVE it! And apparently so do others… Hopscotch was featured by Apple in the App Store, won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and was featured in 2014 Children’s Technology Review: Best Educational Technology.
And, as an extra added bonus… here is a link to an iBook called Hopscotch Lesson Ideas. Thanks Apple. 🙂