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Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro

Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.
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One again the redoubtable Matthew Wells turns his mind to how to best integrate current trends into a classroom context, in this case in the area of coding. Not only does Matthew provide a simple framework looking at some of the apps that can be used in the classroom ranging from Beginner to Pro but he also engages in a discussion around each of these stages. Pleasingly he also points out that much of the leadership in learning the mechanics of these apps can be ceded to students allowing the teacher to focus on how to maximise learning outcomes.

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The next in-thing for schools. 

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You Comprehensive Guide to applications for Computing in the Classroom on iPad

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Coding in Class is the website of Joe Moretti an Apple Distinguished Educator which styles itself as the comprehensive guide to applications for Computing in the Classroom on iPad. It contains a quite comprehensive guide to programming apps for the iPad as well as a link to a more extensive free iBook.


The free iBook “reviews every application available  for programming on iPad in detail in over 30 chapters”. The reviews also contain age suggestions, pros and cons as well as alignments against the UK Computing Curriculum.


Check out Joe's blog too.

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Kids must code on iPads

Kids must code on iPads | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
An important 21st Century skill This post is about a topic and app close to my heart. Computer programming is the engine of modern life and dream maker for tens of thousands. More and more countrie...
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Richard Wells provides some more compelling evidence for teaching coding in classrooms, this time using the Hopscotch app. The post contains a really neat pdf guide for making a Flappy Birds gams.

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Apps in Education: Preparing Kids to Code - Apps for all Ages

Apps in Education: Preparing Kids to Code - Apps for all Ages | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"You know what I love about these apps. Often I show a kid one of these apps and away they go. There is no instruction, they just go for it. These apps are good for all kids. They develop logical thinking and sequential planning. They encourage you to fail in order to develop the sequence."


Via Chris Betcher
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This neat list of apps centre around coding and problem solving, something we all should be looking to encourage students to at least be aware of if not become involved with. 

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Tickle - Learn to Program Air Drones, Robots, Smart Homes, and more!

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This app looks really interesting especially if you have one, (or more), of the devices that the app can be paired with. The Scratch like interface is easy to work with and the courses available in app look interesting too. This is another great Kickstarter generated project.  

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ScratchJr

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Get ScratchJr on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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It's great to see that Scratch, one of the more enduring and accessible coding application is no available for iOS, (and soon Android). ScratchJr is aimed at the 5-7 age group and like the online version is free. Though I haven't tried this particular iteration of Scratch, the pedigree suggests that this app should be on all school based iOS devices, especially in light of curriculum moves for the inclusion of coding and computational thinking.

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Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks

Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Get Tynker - .Solve fun puzzles and learn to code. Simply drag & drop visual code blocks and program your characters to beat the level. The first adventure includes 20 puzzles that are free to play. Additional adventures and puzzle levels are available as in-app purchases. 

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Tynker, the popular modular like coding language for students is now available in an iOS app. Tynker can be found online at http://www.tynker.com/

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Hakitzu: the app teaching kids to code - video

Hakitzu: the app teaching kids to code - video | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
The British startup hoping to create the next generation of coders by playing games
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Going by the video review, this one looks really interesting. The Kauto site is at http://www.kuatostudios.com/games/hakitzu/ and the app link is https://itunes.apple.com/app/fetch/id599976903?mt=8 

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