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App NameAge RangePriceSkills/Programming LanguagesContent Area IntegrationOther Thoughts
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CREATION APPS
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ScratchJr.K - 2nd
5-8
FreeEvents, sequencing, loops, problem solving, debuggingCould be used to retell a story or write a story, create vocabulary lessons. Show what you they know in most areas of curriculum.Awesome app. Could be used for projects by older students if they're okay with the "cute" graphics.
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PBS Kids ScratchJrK - 2nd
5-8
FreeEvents, sequencing, loops, problem solving, debuggingCould be used to retell a story or write a story, create vocabulary lessons. Show what you they know in most areas of curriculum.Same as ScratchJr but with PBS Kids characters
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Hopscotch8+Free
In app purchases
Events, sequencing, loops, conditionals, functions, problem solving, xy coordinatesCould be integrated into almost any curricular areaBlock programming.
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Pyonkee8+FreeEvents, sequencing, loops, variables, xy coordinates, conditionals, problem solving, functionsCould be integrated into any curricular areaThis is a port of Scratch 1.4 for the iPad with additions for using iPad sensors. If you avoid using the sensors, you can email completed projects which are 1.4 Scratch files which means they can be opened in desktop/online version of Scratch.
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Tynker2nd-8th
7+
Free / In app purchasesPattern recognition, problem solving, sequencing, debugging, loops, conditionals. Creation level would allow students to create curricular integrated games & is included on Free version.Tynker for Schools also available but not necessary to use the CREATE option to code. Can set up a FREE teacher account (must be setup on a computer but accounts can be used on iPads) to setup classes and track student progress
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Tickle8+Free / In app purchasesEvents, sequencing, loops, variables, xy coordinates, conditionals, problem solving, functionsCould be integrated into curricular areas but limited backgrounds and characters.Can program Sphero, Ollie, BB8, Dash & Dot, and Lego WeDo2, and more with this app. Block programming with Swift preview.
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Turtle Art9+$3.99Events, sequencing, loops, xy coordinates, problem solving, functionsGeomety concepts & artIf on computers, can request & install TurtleArt on machines at http://turtleart.org/
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AppCraft8+Free
$4.99 to remove ads
XY Coordinates, events, sequencing, loops, conditionals, debugging, problem solvingCould be integrated into many areas of the curriculum since this is an open ended environment.Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFBCydmCFPE&index=2&list=PL5508DD05B7178001
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Ready Maker9+FreeEvents, sequencing, conditionals, problem solving, debuggingCan write games around curricular topics
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KineScript7+$1.99Events, sequencing, conditionals,variables, problem solving, debugging
Drag & drop block programming similar to Scratch
Could be integrated into almost any curricular areaLITE version available for free
Inspired by Scratch
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i-LOGO9+$3.99Logo programming language
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Mad Logo7+$1.99Logo programming language
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Dynamic Art7+$2.99Based on LogoGeometry conceptsLITE version also available
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COMPUTATIONAL THINKING GAMESSequencing, problem solving. May include functions, loops, conditionals
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Daisy the Dinosaur6+FreeEvents, sequencing, loops, conditionals, problem solving
Minimal creation; mostly puzzles/computational thinking
Easy introduction to block programming environment. Needs reading ability.
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KodableK - 5th
5-11
Free for beginning puzzles / Subscription for entire curriculumLoops, conditionals, functions, debugging, problem solvingFree Teacher Account available - limited levels
School Subscriptions available
K-5 Curriculum
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The FoosK - 2nd
5-8
Free for schoolsProblem solving, sequencing, loops, conditionals, debuggingAlso works in web browser and on Android devices including Kindle Fire.
Can create and share own levels.
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Bit by BitDesigned for 9-11Free / $3.99 add'l worldsProblem solving, sequencing, debuggingAvailable on Kindle, Android & iPhone as well.
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Tommy the Turtle - Learn to CodeAges 6-8FreeProblem solving, sequencing, loops, debuggingAccessibility options
Free play mode available
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Nancy Drew: Codes & CluesAges 6-8$3.99Sequencing, loops, problem solvingNarrative storyline with coding needed to help solve the mystery
Also available on iPhone, Android & Kindle
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Junior Coder7+Free / $1.99 School VersionAlgorithmic thinking & sequencing are free. $1.99 to unlock Pattern Recognition, Repetition and Looping, Function and Procedural Thinking, Control Flow Using Conditional Logic, Debugging And Problem Solving, Efficient ProgrammingAt the end of puzzles for each concept, can create own levels
In app purchases on free version
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Code BlastK - 2nd
5-8
$0.99Sequencing, problem solving, debugging
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Box Island: Hour of Code8+FreeSchool version also available at https://itunes.apple.com/is/app/box-island-for-schools/id1175488697?mt=8 $9.91 to unlock all
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Bee-BotPre-K to 2nd
4-7
FreeDirectional language, problem solving, sequencingWould recommend also purchasing physical Bee-Bots http://www.bee-bot.us/ for hands on programming of Bee-Bot.
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Bee-Bot Pyramids7+$0.99Directional language, problem solving, sequencingGreat to use when you also have physical Bee-Bots. More difficult puzzles than the original Bee-Bot app.
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Boogie Bot6-8Free (beginner levels only)
$4.99 Full Version
Problem solving, sequencing, loops, conditionals, debugging
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Cargo Bot9+FreeProblem solving, sequencing, debugging, functions, conditionals
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GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding6-8$2.99Problem solving, sequencing, debugging, custom level builder
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Lightbot Jr.Pre-K to 2nd
4-7
$2.99Problem solving, sequencing, debugging
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Lightbot8+$2.99Problem solving, sequencing, debugging, procedures (functions)Also available on the web
Free Hour of Code Version at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/lightbot-one-hour-coding/id873943739
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Move The Turtle7+$3.99Events, sequencing, procedures, conditionals, problem solving
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Fix the Factory7+FreeFrom Lego
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A.L.E.X.6+Free / $0.99 to unlock all contentSequencing, problem solving, debuggingCan create custom levels
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Cato's Hike5+$4.99
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Karel the Robot7+$1.99
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RoboLogic 2 HD8+$1.99LITE version available
Also available, Robo Logic $0.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/robo-logic/id300025550
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Run Marco!8+FreeProblem solving, sequencing, debugging, loops (repeat & while)Also available on Android, Kindle, Chrome app & in browser on website
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The Adventure Creator8+$3.99 plus in app purchasesSequencing, conditionals, problem solvingCreation of choose your own adventure stories so could be integrated into a variety of content areas depending on the story created. Most obvious integration with Language Arts.
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Robot School9 - 11$3.99Algorithms, procedures, loops, conditional, problem solvingCan preview your code in Swift
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Sleepy Walker8+Free
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SpriteBox (Hour of Code)7+FreeSequencing, loops, problem solvingAlso available on Android and in Flash on the web.
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Pixel7+FreeSequencing, events, loops, conditionals, variables, problem solvingConnects to EV3 robots?
Also available for iPhone
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FunCode6-18Free
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Loco Forest Soul7+Free
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Switch & Glitch6-8FreeSequencing, problem solving
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Code KartsPre-K
5 & Under
Free / $1.99 to unlock all contentSequencing, problem solving10 levels free / 70 levels total
Also available on Android & Kindle
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REAL "CODE"
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Swift Playgrounds8+Free
In app purchases
Swift - puzzle type levels and creation levelsIn the creation levels, could create projects that integrate into subject areas.iOS 10.0 & above
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Code Warriors: Hakitzu Battles13+Free
In app purchases
JavascriptRobot game violence. Can the coding learned be transferred into writing Javascript for the web?
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Coders12+$4.99Lua
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Simduino12+$1.99Arduino simulator using most of the Arduino C languageSome support information available on developer's website at http://gordonknight.co.uk/joomla/simduino
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CodeQuest7+FreeHTML & CSSCute. Can choose what to include on "website". Does not require or LET you type your own information or HTML/CSS. Can take a photo. Hacked game can be tough to win even if you know where the "code" goes. Parent account (email) required to share website.
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PageStudio12+$0.99Editor for HTML, CSS, Javascript, & PHPIf creating a web site, it could be tied to any curricular area.NOT a how-to but a full featured editor that lets you write HTML, CSS, Javascript & PHP code and upload to the web. If learn in other apps, this could be a good app to use for really creating something that could be published to the web.
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Visual Basic Programming Language12+Free but requires purchase to compile / $2.99 unlimited compilesVisual Basic Programming environment on the iPad Can create actual running programs so could tie to curricular areas especially in math. Maximum run time is 15 seconds so nothing too complex could be created.Developer also has apps for Java, C++, C#, & PHP which are also $2.99 for unlimited compilations w/15 second run time.
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Codea8th grade & above
13+
$14.99LuaWhatever you can imagine & codeCan write full-featured apps. Cargo Bot written with Codea. For advanced users who want to actually code not just drag & drop.
Codea Scratch Pad (less features w/no export) $4.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/codea-scratchpad/id924968707?mt=8
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Processing for iOS13+FreeSpecialized version of Javascript for drawing & animations, and moreGreat integration with art & math especially geometry concepts
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Python for iOS13+$1.99PythonWork with & run core Python modules; could potentially integrate w/most curricular areas.Multiple versions of the Python environment available
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Pythonista13+$6.99PythonCreate & run Python programs; could integrate with most any curricular area
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WEBSITES THAT WORK ON iPAD
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TouchDevelop13+FreeCreate web apps on any deviceCould be integrated into content areas.Accounts required - need email address. If you are a GAFE school, can use GAFE account.
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Snap7-8+FreeOffshoot of Scratch. Some things don't work well on an iPad but most do.
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Codecademy13+FreeAccounts required to track progress - need email address
Website seems to work on iPads but can be awkward to get at some content.
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Blockly7-8+FreeBlock-based programming from Google. Used as basis for code.org online curriculum. Love Turtle Drawing.
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Code.orgK-5th
5-11
FreeComputer Science Curriculum with unplugged and online activities. Online activities are mostly puzzle based in CS Fundamentals though each unit has a creative activity.CS Fundamentals (K-5): https://code.org/educate/curriculum/elementary-school
Free Teaching Training Workshops (K-5) - http://code.org/professional-development-workshops
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ROBOTICS
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Dash & Dot5+Apps are free but robots costCan use built in apps or program Dash & Dot using a Blockly based languageCurriculum at https://education.makewonder.com/curriculum
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Sphero8+Apps are free but Sphero & Ollie costBuilt in apps for navigations, games, etc. Can use Macro Lab, Orb Basic,Sphero EDU to program. Tickle App & Tynker App will also also allow programming of Sphero. Tickle can also program BB8Great lesson plans available at https://edu.sphero.com/
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