Coding at TES (Fall 2015)

Wray, 2015-11-17, Classes

Hopscotch, Lightbot, Python

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We worked primarily using iOS-based apps for this class. The list of those apps is provided below along with iOS alternatives where appropriate:

Lightbot

Students guide a robot around 3D blocks while learning key Coding terms and concepts. I highly encourage you to get this app for your student and encourage them to work through the levels and read the instructions and guidelines as they go along -- we discussed many of them throughout the course. Go to lightbot.com for more information and to get the app for Android or your desktop/laptop.

Hopscotch

Building on some of the concepts learned in Lightbot while adding a few more aspects of behavior-oriented programming, hopscotch is a terrific platform where kids truly have fun creating their own apps and games while practicing their coding techniques.

Pythonista

We did a little bit of coding in a text-based language, called python. This coding language is used for education and in the Software Engineering profession. Getting started here is a great way to continue your student's education in Computer Science and programming that will prepare them for High School courses.

Floors

Floors is available for iOS (free) at Pixel Press Floors. Floors leverages "Design Thinking" -- we asked the kids to think about the aspects of games that they like versus those that they don't like. We actually played some games in the Floors arcade for some comparisons before they started on their games. All students have projects in the Floors arcade. I know some of them had better names for there games, but in the spirit of anonymity while making sure they can find their games, I published them in the arcade using the techemstudios account naming them "TES-N" where N is their iPad number (refer to your email).

Please don't hesitate to comment here or email us if you have any feedback or questions. We'd love to help these students continue exploring software creation and learn more about Computer Science and Software Engineering!