Teacher Review for Hopscotch-Programming for Kids

A great way to practice the language of the future.

Henderson M.
Classroom teacher
Boyce Middle School
Pittsburgh, United States
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My Subjects Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Hopscotch for two years. I have had my students doing computer programing and this is the first app that I came across that allows the students complete freedom and creativity. Other apps are better at teaching coding or programming, but I like the apps freedom. Once students know how to use the "blocky" method of programing, the students can then create their own programs. The latest update has offered a tremendous amount of new tools available for the students to use. There is a lot of technical support and ideas that come from the company. I typically receive an email newsletter once a month with ideas. I have used the "Tynker" app of code.org to teach the students early programing and then I move into this app to allow the students ultimate creativity. I like to use this app during the holidays and challenge the students to create something about or for that specific holiday.
My Take
I would recommend this app to practice coding, but not necessarily to teach coding. It is advanced for students who do not understand the basics of programming. I am amazed at what some of my students are able to create and how some of my students achieve a real passion for programming. I would highly recommend this app to any teacher looking to infuse some creativity into there room as well as teach an extremely important 21st century skill.