HOPSCOTCH is one of a growing number of apps build to teach programming to children.
The app is a visual programming language designed to help children develop a sense of computational thinking. Youth apply skills in logic and critical thinking to design simple games, animations, and stories.
Inspired by MIT’s Scratch, HOPSCOTCH is the first program designed for mobile devices such as the iPad. Students drag and drop colorful blocks of code to build simply programs. Recommended for children 8 and up, it’s particularly useful for young children who lack advanced reading and typing skills needed for traditional programming.
The free version has limited characters and options. A School Edition of the program is available with these features unlocked.
To learn more about the program, check out the FAQs at http://gethopscotch.com/faq.
To download the free app, go to https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/hopscotch-coding-for-kids/id617098629.
To download the school version, go to https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/hopscotch-school-edition/id901455276