Move the Turtle. Programming for kids
Move the Turtle is an excellent app that teaches students the basics of computer coding and programming.
The app can cater for a number of key stages from basic programming to complex procedures. The app consists of three menus. A PLAY mode where the student plays a number of chapters and levels being awarded stars for completing the tasks. A COMPOSE mode where the student is free to design their own programmes and coding, which can be saved and shared with others. A PROJECTS section where students can share project ideas or see projects that have been created by others.
We found the app had a large amount of content but some younger students may need help early on with instructions and procedures. We recommend the teacher demonstrates the apps functions before levels are attempted.
From the Developer
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.