Review of Computing Education Apps
As the use of tablets in schools continues to grow, so the number of apps available for the education sector has exploded. Whether, you’re a teacher or parent, researching and picking the right app to support your children is not only tricky but potentially time consuming and expensive. We’ve worked with a primary school teacher, reviewing over 100 apps to produce a list of our favourites – saving you time and money.
Here’s our review of five of the best computing related apps.
A simple yet effective app created by an occupational therapist to teach children with learning difficulties how to type. With a number of functions that allow the teacher or a parent to change both the font size and colour. Keyboard Fun also teaches children the specific location of individual letters and whether they should use their left or right hand when typing a particular letter.
codeSpark Academy is a fantastic app created for children of all primary ages to develop their coding skills. It uses a wordless design which means even children starting reception can access the app to begin learning to code before they have learnt to read. It also has suitable activities and challenges for all ages up to the end of Year 6, which children will love playing. There are also lots of coding hour activities for the classroom on the codeSpark website which teachers can access for free.
Kodable is designed for infant children learning to code for the first time by completing levels through the use of direction, rotation and looping activities. These challenges develop children’s problem solving and sequencing skills which will be vital throughout their whole learning journey. The app also includes a teacher section which provides key teaching points including vocabulary and concepts.
The Bee-Bot app is based on the ever popular floor robot still universally used in schools. Utilising the same skills used with the floor robot, the app provides a platform for multiple children to learn to code simultaneously. It also allows teachers to see children’s individual coding skills as children can play by themselves rather than working in large groups. Bee-Bot also teaches basic directional language such as left and right, forwards and backwards.
This LEGO Mindstorms app has been specially created to help children master the basics of coding. Its robotic designs require children to complete challenges by creating commands that include direction and transporting objects. These become gradually more difficult and the app is a good starting point for children that love LEGO and are learning to code for the first time.
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