What it is: Move the Turtle teaches kids the basics of programming and coding. Student learn the basics for creating computer programming by using graphic commands. A friendly little turtle teaches students how to plan complex activities composed of simple elements, how to reuse previously completed work, and how to use graphics, spatial orientation and sound in programming. Students will also learn about loops, procedures, variables and conditional instructions. Move the Turtle was created specifically for use with young students (5+). Using Move the Turtle, students will use their imagination to create their own programs from scratch or based on some of the built-in examples!
How Move the Turtle can enrich learning: Programming is becoming a universal language. Whether students will become the next Steve Jobs or not, programming is a skill that spills into, and enhances, many other areas in education. Programming teaches students logical thinking skills and taps into creative problem solving. It can be helpful in understanding of more complex math (algebra, angles, measurement, two dimensional geometry) and lends itself to connections being made across multiple disciplines. Move the Turtle is a really wonderful introduction to this type of thinking. It is easy to navigate, has friendly graphics and instructions, and students see the results of their work right away. I love this type of trial and error learning!
At Anastasis Academy, we offer students Crave classes. Each block students get to choose an area of passion/interest to explore for an hour each week. One of the classes we offered was programming. It was a popular class for students in first through eighth grade. All age groups wanted to learn how to create their own games and apps! Move the Turtle will be a great addition to teaching the youngest the building blocks of programming.
Devices: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad iOS 4.2 or later
Price: $2.99 *** FREE today, August 31, 2012!