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Hopscotch allows children to create their own games and animations. Unleash their creativity with this beautiful, easy-to-use visual programming language.
Inspired by MIT’s Scratch, the Hopscotch programming language works by dragging and dropping method blocks into scripts. When you’re done with a script, press play to see your code in action! As you get more advanced, you can add more objects and use custom events, such as shaking and tilting the iPad!
Many of the best coders fell in love with programming as kids at the age of 8, 10 and 12 years old. With Hopscotch, kids can build and perfect their own creations while obtaining an understanding of the fundamentals of computer science.
PipeBytes is a superb tool, to share large files with a specific recipient. Instantly send files to anybody! No software to install. All you need is web browser. No hassle registrations, and they don’t even require your e-mail address! Send files of “any” size, and quickly! Worth a try.
You can also upload bits of music for others to evaluate, and use. It’s a place to share stuff, to learn from each other and to improve your skills as a musician as well. Once you have downloaded some free loops you can then upload your mp3 tracks for other members to review. What better feedback on your tracks than that of fellow musicians.
Surf the Web Together with others elsewhere. Beyond link sharing or screen sharing, Channel.me lets you surf the same websites together with one or more people.
As it is 100% Web based, Channel.me works on almost any platform and every browser, all visitors will have the exact same experience. Any social media, and way of communicating with others, takes careful consideration.
Try out the collaborative translation tool.
Seene is an intriguing iPhone app, that enables the creation of a 3D, movable scene. Find your object, take four images (from left, right, above and below), share your result, then explore your captured moments, like this one., done at great speed.
Works well for even some complex objects. Take a look at some of the examples on their website, then get moving.
Wordles of spelling lists works. And.. we know this sounds simplistic, and a justification for playing such games, but we’ve seen some real benefit for reluctant readers, and those who find spelling a bit of a challenge, to set the week’s list as a wordsearch.
After you have completed a unit, it can often be fun for students to complete, or make, a word search, based on vocabulary encountered during the topic. This is a fairly basic activity, but does focus on one hidden element: in scouring for a word, children don’t realise how much they are taking in, about the spelling of that word.
WordsearchMaker.net, is a useful website that allows you, or your pupils, to create a wordsearch, print it, or embed it in to a website or blog. Try a quick pirating one to whet your appetite, me hearties! Continue Reading
Daisy the Dinosaur is a great, free, iPad app, for introducing the fundamental elements of programming.
Young, aspiring, programmers can command Daisy to carry out simple movements, dancing across the screen, in the free “Play” mode. The beginner challenges make a great place to start.
Your youngest students will find this easy drag and drop interface an engaging introduction to controlling objects, sequencing, loops and events.
We have mentioned a couple of ambient sound mixers before, including AmbientMixer.com, and a soft sound board. GoMix.it is another gem. The chance to (you’ve guessed it) mix your own atmospheric soundscapes, for many uses.
How about building an audio environment as the background to a bit of descriptive narrative. Add a sense of reality to a classroom jungle area, “office”, “shop” or other themed region. Sounds good… GoMix.it!
Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. The object of the game is to program a robot to complete increasingly complex sequences of tasks. Students start out by programming the robot to move one box from point A to point B.
After successfully programming the robot you are advanced to programming more complex tasks like a repeating a loop of movements.
Find the Cargo-Bot app HERE. “A puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates”. Sounds simple, right? Try it out! A stack of fun!
StarLogo TNGis the “next steps”, aiming to lower the barrier entry to programming with a graphical interface where language elements are represented by coloured blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces.
Entice more young folk into programming through tools that facilitate making games.
3D graphics and sound, a blocks-based programming interface, and keyboard input – make StarLogo TNG a great tool for programming compelling and rich educational video games and simulation models.