Video: Learning to code on iPad with Apple Swift Playgrounds

Video: Learning to code on iPad with Apple Swift Playgrounds

In this video, Apple Education Trainer Mike runs through the basics of how to use Apple’s coding app Swift Playgrounds, why it’s great for students, and how it helps you hit those computing curriculum requirements. Learn to code on an iPad in a fun, engaging way.

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Education app of the week: Hopscotch for iPad

Education app of the week: Hopscotch for iPad

With programming in the classroom on the up, our education team have seen schools going coding crazy. And one tool we’ve seen making an impact is Hopscotch, a really intuitive iPad app that teaches the programming basics to young coders.

What is Hopscotch for iPad?

Hopscotch (Hopscotch Technologies, free) is a free iPad app that’s great for helping pupils learn the fundamentals of programming. Using a simple drag and drop method, you move pre-made blocks and objects to build a complete program. This completed script then lets you run animations or simple games. It’s based on the popular visual programming language Scratch, which was created at MIT in 2006 (read more about Scratch here).

Hopscotch for iPad

Hopscotch for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Using a simple interface, Hopscotch will appeal to young coders at every key stage, and give them a taste of the kind of programming skills they might want to take further. With an emphasis on coding and programming in ICT, Hopscotch is an easy way in for both learners and teachers.

What’s the best feature?

The greatest thing about Hopscotch has to be the friendly design and ease of use. Pupils pick from one of a range of cool characters (we can’t choose a favourite between the monkey and the ice cream), and then it’s just a case of dragging and dropping commands into line to create animations and games.

Where can I get it?

Hopscotch (Hopscotch Technologies, free) is available from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes. Best of all, it’s completely free.

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Coding in the classroom with Scratch

Coding in the classroom with Scratch

Coding and programming look set to become a big part of ICT in schools, hitting the ‘Developing ideas’ section of the curriculum which includes using information systems and sequences of instructions to solve problems. 

But before your purchasing team snap up armfuls of Raspberry Pi computers and get stuck into a few hefty Java and C++ language manuals, there could be an easier way to get staff and students’ heads around basic coding and programming.

I’ve recently been looking into Scratch – a programming language developed by MIT aimed at getting 8-16 year olds into coding by using a graphical approach in place of text script. Because it comes with blocks of ready-made code, students can quickly build images, video and audio into movies and games, all without having to write a single line of code themselves.

Intro to Scratch from ScratchEd on Vimeo.

The BBC recently featured a report on how Lampton School, Hounslow, have been using Scratch in their Citizenship classes. They’ve been teaching with it for over a year, giving students the basic building blocks and aiming to get them adapting their own code to give a full understanding of the whole process.

The people behind Scratch explain: “As students work on Scratch projects, they have opportunities to learn important computational concepts such as iteration, conditionals, variables, data types, events, and processes. Scratch has been used to introduce these concepts to students of many different ages, from elementary school through college. Some students transition to traditional text-based languages after getting introduced to programming with Scratch.”

So why not give Scratch a go? It’s an incredibly intuitive way to get a taste of coding, and it’s free too. Find out more at the Scratch website.

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