Grasshopper is designed for individual learning rather than classroom implementation, so there's no dashboard or central place to monitor student progress. This makes it better suited for students to learn and practice at their own pace with teacher support. Teachers with some coding experience can advise and coach students as they encounter complex problems, while teachers without much coding experience can encourage students to work collaboratively and/or use the available help in the app. For classes using unplugged activities to teach coding concepts, Grasshopper is a great way to let students start putting that knowledge to use on an individualized basis.Continue reading Show less
The app is divided into four courses: What Is Code? (the one you can skip if you have some experience), Fundamentals (where you learn about things like variables, arrays, and loops), and two different sections called Animations. Challenges are clearly laid out with examples and hints. Moving through the levels, students take short quizzes to reinforce knowledge and understanding of how code works.
Grasshopper is excellent for beginners, but it will work best for students who already have some computer science conceptual understanding (say, from unplugged activities) and who are ready to start working with the real application of code. It's not necessary, but it will make for a smoother start. The app would reach even more learners if it was available in more languages than English.
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