How I Use It
I used this extensively with 3rd and 4th grade students - these were mixed groups of girls and boys and included students with special needs. The students were able to choose to work independently or with a partner. After an introduction to block based coding, the kids were able to explore the Hopscotch app and create a character that had specific tasks (i.e.; grow, shrink, draw). The ability to allow students choice in working as a part of a group helped with the overall success of the lessons. My struggling students felt comfortable learning together and kid that need to move ahead were able to do so.
Hopscotch is a wonderful tool to start a discussion of simple coding/programming. I felt that my students were engaged, learning and interested in a subject that could have been dry (programming/coding). The higher level kids were able to create more (a figure that was able to write their name!) and the lower level students were able to feel success in creating a working character. I will be using Hopscotch in the future with 3rd and 4th grade and will expand to teach coding to 1st and 2nd grade as well. My only critique would be to add a step by step tutorial that students would be able to access independently in order to facilitate learning beyond the typical lessons.