Ollie & Sphero : Toys & Games

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Description

We create connected toys, fusing emerging technology with the latest innovations in robotics to offer a new kind of open play experience. With our smart robots and open software we hope to inspire the next generation of inventors and programmers”

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The ingenious free app is packed full of thrilling multiplayer games, programmable tricks and stunts. So get building your own perilous ramps and raceways and prepare to unleash this reckless robotic adrenaline-junkie..

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Sphero Ollie, the cylindrical and bad-ass bigger brother of the original Sphero. It may look like something pinched from the set of a Tron film; but this futuristic, app-controlled robot is set to usher in a new, adrenaline-fuelled driving experience. o.

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  •  Unleash a futuristic, app-controlled adrenaline junkie
  •  Travels at a blistering 6.3 metres per second (14mph!)
  •  Bluetooth connectivity up to 30 metres, let it roll free
  •  60 glorious minutes of driving time on a single charge
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We created the SPRK program because we believe play is a powerful teacher. Whether you’re an educator or a parent, SPRK lessons give kids a fun crash course in programming while sharpening their skills in math and science. Download the free lessons or see what teachers are saying about Sphero in the classroom on twitter. – See more

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We create connected toys – but that’s not all. By fusing technology with robotics, our toys are teaching and inspiring tomorrow’s inventors and innovators. Programming isn’t easy, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero. – see more..

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  •  Unrivalled manoeuvrability, able to turn on a dime
  •  Spin, drift, and flip with app-powered tricks
  •  Effortlessly leaps off ramps and gets some serious air
  •  Rugged on the outside, incredibly smart on the inside

Originally posted 2017-08-30 09:58:51.

Scratch : Download

Scratch

Description

Scratch is great for students of all ages. I like the use of drag and drop. The colourful layout makes it interactive and easy for all students to grasp quickly.

The online community is vast and very knowledgeable.  There are many tutorials for scratch as well as many pre defined resources to give students a head start.

To download and install Scratch click here. To play online (without having to download it) click here.

Check out my review of the best Chromebooks for education for an easy way to play Scratch online.

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The Scratch Wiki is a collaboratively-written wiki available for free that provides information about the Scratch programming language and its website, history, and phenomena surrounding it. The wiki is supported by the Scratch Team, but is primarily written by Scratchers. The Scratch Wiki is a popular source of information for scripts and tutorials, and it continues to grow as Scratchers use it as their primary source of information.

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Scratch 2 is designed to support screen sizes 1024 x 768 or larger. projects to the Scratch 2 website.

If your computer doesn’t meet these requirements, you can try downloading and installing Scratch 1.4, which you can still use to share

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Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others around the world. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively

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You can install the Scratch 2.0 editor to work on projects without an internet connection. This version will work on Mac, Windows, and some versions of Linux (32 bit).

The MIT Scratch Team and collaborators are researching how people use and learn with Scratch (for an introduction, see Scratch: Programming for All). Find out more aboutScratch research and statistics about Scratch.

I encourage you to try either the online or installed version of Scratch. There is a wealth of resources and a huge community to help you and students of all ages learn computer programming.

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Originally posted 2017-08-26 09:57:29.

Udemy C++ : Android

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Description

This course is good for  beginners, start writing programs in C++, taught by Jeremy Siek, professor at the University of Colorado. No prior knowledge of C++ is assumed.

Like the textbook, the course quickly dives into problem solving and making use of the C++ standard library, including strings, vectors, and lists. The emphasis is on teaching you the parts of C++ that you will most likely need in your day-to-day programming.

This course is Part 1 of a planned two-part sequence. Part 1 covers the first seven chapters of Accelerated C++, in particular, Chapters 0 through 6. The course consists of six videos of 50-60 minutes each.

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This course is Part 1 of a planned two-part sequence. Part 1 covers the first seven chapters of Accelerated C++, in particular, Chapters 0 through 6. The course consists of six videos of 50-60 minutes each.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

– Organizing data and using sequential containers
– Using library algorithms
– Code Examples

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

– Working with strings and if statements
– Looping and working with batches of data
– Organizing programs

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Originally posted 2017-08-22 09:57:09.

Frozen

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This is a lovely introduction to programming. Students can chose to see the real code that they create whilst moving “code Blocks” into the correct order.

Every step is explained and a visual representation of the code is played out using ,  Anna and Elsa  character from Frozen.

You will create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland that you can then share with your friends!

Ages 8+
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The tutorial kicks off the second-annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science—especially by girls.

Titled “Artist with Anna & Elsa,” the tutorial is Code.org’s newest addition to its online learning platform, Code Studio.

During our Hour of Code, students will be guided through Code.org’s FROZEN workshop by a group of professional programmers.

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Originally posted 2017-08-20 09:56:04.

CodecademyCode Hour :

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Description 

This iOS app by Codecademy is great for older students key stage 3+.

This FREE app gets you started by introducing  the basic concepts behind the apps on your phone and the websites you visit. You’ll learn to understand the basic structure of code when you see it.

I really like Code Hour it is a perfect introduction to programming and learn the concepts you need to know to expand your knowledge.

You can also Learn HTML&CSS,  Javascript,  jQuery,  Python,  Ruby and PHP with Codecademy.

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JUST GET STARTED: Code Hour is the best way to go from zero to programming. We show you easy examples of code and you learn how it works and powers the web.

TAP TO TRAIN: Use your iPhone or iPad for what it’s good for – quick, fun exercises on the go. Program when you get home and stay fresh by reviewing on the go.

APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN: Make a webpage with your own photo, bio, and more and share it with your friends.

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CREATE THE FUTURE: Programming underpins apps, websites, games, and more. Learn to create them all with Codecademy!

Learn to code interactively, for free, Students and teachers can track their learning and progress.

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Originally posted 2017-08-21 09:57:38.

Move The Turtle: iPhone & iPad

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Description 

Looks great on the iPad and compatible with iPhone, worth the £1.99. Give it a go, your love it too!

Move The Turtle is an educational application suitable for young learners teaching children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands.

Move the Turtle is friendly Turtle that will introduce you and your child step by step to the basic concepts of programming in a colourful graphic environment.

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You and your child will learn how:

To plan complex activities composed of simple elements
How to reuse previously completed work.

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Programming is about more than completing tasks, it is also about implementing your own ideas using your imagination.

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Move the Turtle teaches children (ages 5+) the basics of programming.
Challenges and rewards keep children (with parents’ assistance) & teenagers (on their own) engaged!

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Learn how  to use graphics, spatial orientation and sound in programming.

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You have the opportunity to create your own programs from scratch or based on our inspiring examples.

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Looks great on the iPad and compatible with iPhone, worth the £1.99. Give it a go, your love it too!

Originally posted 2017-07-15 13:46:01.

Cato’s Hike (lite) : iPhone & iPad

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Description 

Cato’s Hike is a game for the iPhone & iPad teaching  young children and beginners basic programming skills.Younger students will enjoy solving levels using simple coding techniques while older students will be able to use advanced concepts.

Learning to use loops and branching as well as even more advanced concepts such as basic stack or memory. The LITE version is more that enough encourage the young and beginners to start learning whilst encouraging them to progress further.

Cato is a little boy who just like every little boy likes to go out and play. One fine day Cato was playing outside when a portal to another world opened up in front of him; a portal to another world!

Cato stepped through and discovered that this world unlike his own didn’t follow the same rules. Every time he tried to take a step or an action he’d find himself stuck in place. Stuck that is until he finally discovered the rules in this universe: by writing a program for himself he would be able to overcome all obstacles and learn something new along the way!

learning Code for Kids” loves the “Lite” version. It is colourful and keeps the user engaged.

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This is the Lite version, and includes the tutorial world and the *FULL* map editor with sandbox mode so you can create your own little worlds and puzzles.  Play them, challenge your friends and family.

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* Simple programming interface using beautiful cards with pictures
* 59 levels and 10 tutorials (always working to add more!)
* Powerful map editor so you can create your own maps and puzzles and share with friends
* Preview your maps directly in the map editor to save time and test out your maps more quickly!

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* Saves program progress so you can pick up at any time and iteratively develop
* Email your puzzle solutions to share your genius with others
* Beautiful artwork and amusing sound effects and music
* A manual to help guide parents and more interested users

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* Puzzles ranging from easy to hard to teach different programming concepts without trying to force them
* Loops, branches and if/else, and simple memory using colored flags are the main tools used to introduce programming
* Emailed maps include gorgeous screenshot of what you are sending so your friends know what to expect

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The full version of the game unlocks the rest of the worlds and allows you to  share your programs and maps.

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* Cato’s Hike teaches children (ages 5+) the essentials of programming and how to think about solving complex problems
* The challenges in there are solvable easily by children of all ages but more nuanced and complex solutions should challenge teenagers and parents alike!

Originally posted 2017-07-09 13:15:35.

Lightbot Jr 4+ Coding Puzzles : Android

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Description

Lightbot Junior is specifically designed for ages 4-8, and is an easier version of the popular Lightbot: featuring a gentler learning curve and less complex puzzles.

It’s never too early to start programming! Lightbot Junior gets your little ones ‘coding’ within minutes!Lightbot Junior lets players gain a practical understanding of basic concepts like writing instructions, debugging problems, simple procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.

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Teachers worldwide are choosing Lightbot first out of other games and software when introducing their students to programming.Lightbot Junior features 42 levels

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My son loves it! It’s simple enough for my five year old and he’s so proud of himself. He loves watching the little robot go the way he tells it to. I know this isn’t “real” coding but it’s prepping him to think properly to be able to code in a few years, after he’s mastered reading and writing. Best of all (for me), the app didn’t work n my tablet when I bought it so I wrote to the developer. I got a quick response that they were working on it and they kept me up to date as they fixed the problem. Their customer support is appreciated.”

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Sweet little app Would rate it 5*, but I second Róbert Belán in that I would like the robot to have a slow execution speed so my 3yo son manages to follow its moves and understand what’s happening. Maybe add a “Step by Step” button, which will make the robot execute each step of the sequence only when pressed. Or maybe even show the icon for its current action above his head or anywhere in the main area of the screen. I’m sure you can think of a way to help the youngest better understand what’s happening. Thanks!”

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My 6yo loves this app He’s working his way through the app and loves it. This sort of game teaches logical thinking, planning and even spatial orientation. Thoroughly recommended.”

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Originally posted 2017-06-28 09:45:36.

Tynker : iPad

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Description 

Tynker is another great FREE app using a visual drag and drop comprised of code blocks to create and solve coding puzzles.  

You can build your own games using the Tynker Workshop which includes 9 game-kits and hundreds of characters. 

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  • Define your own functions and variables
  • Build musical projects using the built-in notes for piano, electric guitar and drums.
  • Add tilt, touch and other native behaviours to your games
  • Build an unlimited portfolio of games and projects to play with friends
  • Work offline without Internet connectivity
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Create games and apps quickly 
Use the same visual programming language introduced in the puzzle adventures.

Built-in physics engine for advanced games

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  • 9 complete pre-built game kits to remix your own game from 
  • 5 Media Themes with hundreds of assets – Fantasy, Adventure, Sci Fi, Modern and Spooky 
  • Included: Library of sample projects 
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Ages 9+

Drag and drop blocks to make things happen.

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Tynker makes programming easily accessible and fun for kids aged 9+ with no prior knowledge experience of programming.

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Download and have a go…

I love the graphics Tynker uses there great for the younger student.

Originally posted 2017-09-06 09:56:48.