Thursday, July 10, 2014

Easy Sites and Apps to Teach Code - Technology Thursday

I'm joining up for the first time with the Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday.

I just got a grant for another iPad, which brings my classroom total to FIVE!
I am thrilled. 
This past year we used a couple apps for learning code and my third graders loved them.
The true test was when I allowed free time on the iPads near the end of the year, and found small groups working on the apps for learning code.  

If you're not familiar with what learning code is all about, you are not alone.
In these apps and sites students select and sequence commands to move a character around a screen.
The students can also set up commands for drawing designs and lots more!
It's the first step towards becoming computer programmers and making the big bucks.
The first one I wanted to share is an app called Hopscotch.
I believe it's related to the online site called Scratch that was developed at MIT.

The next app is super easy, and targeted for primary kids.
It's called Daisy the Dinosaur.
 I subbed for summer school today, and the students worked on a free website called Tynker.
There are a variety of challenges within games that help develop their programming skills.
Even though it says "Hour of Code" it is accessible all of the time, not just for an hour.

Get out there and get your kids coding!


  1. I'll add these to my app list! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. My son will love this! His dream is to become a computer game programmer. I think this will be a great intro into the programming world

    As for my students I think this is a neat way to introduce them into programming. I heard about Scratch at a recent conference. I think this will be a neat opportunity for my kiddos. I think indoor recess just became more interesting! I can totally see kids falling in love with this.

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    4th Grade Dynamic Duo

  3. These sites sounds like fun! I can't wait to check them out.
    I remember using Microworlds when I was in school to learn about publishing. I liked it so much that I had my parents buy a copy for home too!

  4. AWESOME! These are perfect for the kids to learn how to code. I am SOOO excited that the Hours of Code is coming back again this year...I can hardly stand it!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'