For Teachers

For Parents

codeSpark

Learn to code with The Foos

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+

About codeSpark

Code Spark is a game designed to teach kids computer science and coding concepts. The game-like interface makes coding fun for kids and they don’t even realize they’re learning. With codeSpark, kids learn to code with lovable characters called The Foos. Parents can access a full curriculum explaining the concepts on the codeSpark website linked in the parent section. codeSpark is free to download and available for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices. 

Teacher Review

codeSpark makes learning to code fun and rewarding for kids, and offers plenty of help along the way. codeSpark Academy includes challenging drag-and-drop puzzles that introduce kids to the logic of programming using visual blocks of code. This kids coding app help develop thinking and reasoning skills and well as promoting self-direction. 

codeSpark Academy teaches young children basic computer science skills through puzzles, tutorials and game play. In the “puzzle” section, players learn basic and advanced sequencing and looping by directing the main character through a series of problematic environments. codeSpark Academy explores a fundamental coding concept where kids use logical thinking and problem solving skills to help The Foos accomplish tasks. codeSpark Academy empowers young thinkers to become makers as kids learn to create their own stories and games.

Is codeSpark easy to use?

The word-free design makes it easy for pre-readers to get a head start with coding before learning to read. The carefully designed puzzles allow kids to learn without the help of an adult and build confidence in problem-solving. The open play area allows kids to code their own games and share them with the community of kid coders. Kids can also code interactive stories with custom voice recordings and photos.

What we like about codeSpark

Code Spark Academy is user friendly and the real-time tutorials are easy to follow. Learning the basics of computer science isn’t the only benefit of this game – there are also many other benefits on a cognitive level. Sequencing works on good planning, working out patterns, short term memory, working memory and problem solving. The game building section requires creative thinking and the mini-games section requires good timing, sequencing and re-prioritizing. Furthermore, several sections within this game combine all of these elements simultaneously, which may be good for multi-tasking and co-ordinating. There are also “parents” and “teachers” sections which provide information on coding resources, the full curriculum (a free 10 lesson computer science curriculum that includes worksheets and answer keys, etc.), solutions guide, offline activities and how-to videos.

This coding app for kids introduces a range of computer science concepts from sequencing to conditionals. Beyond the puzzles and creative play areas, the app explores additional programming concepts through fun games. Kids learn to use algorithms to automate their pet care center and discover the secrets of a hidden temple with math inequalities. The app is KidSafe Certified and does not contain advertisements or in-game purchases. Subscriptions are available after the free trial period.

 
Read More Less

App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning
Self-Direction
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

codeSpark

Download codeSpark Academy: Kids Coding

Screenshots for codeSpark

  • codeSpark Academy: Kids CodingcodeSpark Academy: Kids CodingcodeSpark Academy: Kids CodingcodeSpark Academy: Kids CodingcodeSpark Academy: Kids Coding

Publisher's Description

codeSpark is the #1 learn to code program for kids 4-10! Our award-winning app has introduced over 20 million kids in 201 countries to the ABCs of computer science.

codeSpark Academy uses a patent pending "no words" interface to teach the basics of computer programming through a variety of interactive learning activities including puzzles, games, step-by-step creative projects, game design and offline printables – all of which can be monitored by parents.

What skills does codeSpark Academy help develop?

  • Kids learn key programming concepts and use them to code their own projects in the Game Maker.
  • Personalized daily activities based on your child’s progress.
  • Subscription app with new content every month.
  • Word-free. Anyone, anywhere can play.
  • Curriculum developed based on collaboration with and research from MIT, Princeton and Carnegie Mellon.
  • Perfect for pre-readers, ELL students and kids with reading and focus-related challenges.
  • Supports 3 individual child profiles.
  • No collection of your child’s private data.
  • No advertising or micro-transactions
  • No written communication between players or external parties.
  • No commitments or hassles. Cancel at any time.

How can codeSpark help improve education? 

This coding app for kids, codeSpark Academy is inspired by visual programming languages such as Scratch from MIT, Alice from Carnegie Mellon University and other ‘beginner’ programming languages like Logo, SmallTalk, and Squeak.

Our word-free interface allows anyone, anywhere to play. They’ll master core computer science concepts such as pattern recognition, problem solving, sequencing, algorithmic thinking, debugging, loops and conditionals.

Our Game Maker allows kids to put programming concepts to work by designing and coding video games. Creations can then be played and remixed by other coders around the globe.

How much does codeSpark cost?

  • Download and try free for 7 days. Trial offers the full codeSpark Academy experience for a limited time. Subscription is £7.99/month
  • Payment will be charged to iTunes Account once free trial period is over
  • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Account will be charged £7.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period

How do I cancel codeSpark?

  • Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
  • Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable

How much does codeSpark cost for teachers?

codeSpark Academy is free for teachers, librarians, and verified non-profit educational institutions. codeSpark Academy was voted top choice by teachers and librarians for introducing computer science in elementary schools. Additionally our FREE teacher dashboard allows educators to track student progress and turn on and off parts of the app.

ABOUT CODESPARK

codeSpark is delivering computer science education to kids in over 200 countries by turning programming into play.

Has codeSpark Academy won any awards?

codeSpark teaches basic computer programming skills — "the ABCs of coding"— with no reading necessary - NPR

2016 American Association of School Librarians - Best Apps for Teaching
2016 Kidscreen Awards - Best Learning App for Kids ***
2016 KAPi Awards – Best App or Product for Younger Children ***
2015 Parents’ Choice — Gold Medal ***
Apple Editor’s Choice & Top Educational App ***

Read More Less