We used the following apps with our K-5 students:
Kodable (K & up*)
A free educational iPad app offering a kid-friendly introduction to programming concepts and problem solving. For kids ages 5 and up, and tools for grownups too!
Angry Birds Tutorial (2nd & up*)
Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. Available in 20 languages. *This is a web-based tutorial and can be accessed on iPads as well as other computing devices.
Lightbot for Hour of Code (2nd & up*)
Light-bot is a programming puzzle game: a puzzle game that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. Light-bot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.
Daisy the Dinosaur (1st & up*)
Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges. After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game.
Move the Turtle (K & up*)
Move The Turtle is an educational application for iPhone and iPad that teaches children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands.
Do you remember the Logo programming language? A friendly Turtle will introduce your child step by step to the basic concepts of programming in a colourful graphic environment. Who knows, maybe your child will be the next outstanding programmer!
Hopscotch (4th & up*)
Hopscotch teaches kids to code using simple, intuitive building blocks. Kids can create games, animations and other programs in this colorful, interactive environment.
Hopscotch was inspired by MIT’s Scratch and gives kids a creative way to learn the fundamentals of computer programming.
More Coding Activities: All of the tutorials that were created for the Hour of Code. There is a great selection of activities and tutorials.
*All grade levels posted are general suggestions. Levels may vary depending on the student's experience, etc.
Why Hour of Code in December?
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org produced CSEdWeek for the first time this year, held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
How Successful Was the Hour of Code Worldwide?
Check out the astounding statistics HERE.