Okay so I’m 33 years old. When I was in kindergarten in Pleasant Grove, Texas we had a pretty decent computer lab in the library. I vividly remember that at the beginning of the year we only had Commodor 64’s.
I remember on fridays we got to do computer sessions. We literally only did 1 program on the computer (was probably the only program on the computer). I’m not sure what it was called but the goal was to add coordinates to the computer and move this little triangle that sorta resembled a turtle.
So when I saw the Move The Turtle app, I had a couple of thoughts. 1 – Has there not been major major upgrades in teaching children about the computer since I was in kindergarten? and 2 – I must download this for my kids, cause how cool is it that they will learn the EXACT same way I did when I was 5.
Here’s what they say:
Move The Turtle is an educational application for iPhone and iPad that teaches children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands.
Do you remember the Logo programming language? A friendly Turtle will introduce your child step by step to the basic concepts of programming in a colourful graphic environment. Who knows, maybe your child will be the next outstanding programmer!
By completing the tasks, one after another, your child learns:
*** how to plan complex activities composed of simple elements
*** how to reuse previously completed work
*** how to use graphics, spatial orientation and sound in programming
Your child will also become familiar with the notions of loops, procedures, variables and conditional instructions.
Programming is about more than completing tasks, it is also about implementing your own ideas using your imagination. With this in mind we give you the opportunity to create your own programs from scratch or based on our inspiring examples.