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6 Free Apps to Teach Coding Skills

Teaching coding skills is something lots of teachers are really excited about. If you’re just starting to teach code in your classrooms or looking for more free code teaching resources, I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for teaching coding skills to students. I wanted to pull together my top 6 coding apps for teachers into one place to make it easier to find.

From early elementary through high school, each free coding app has a place in the hands of students holding a tablet.  Whether you incorporate these apps into a lesson in math or science or provide time during an after school program for children to develop problem solving skills, you’re sure to find one on this list that meets the needs of your students!

6 Free Coding Apps to Try in Your Classroom

Each one of these coding apps is a great place to start off teaching coding in your classroom. Some are more geared towards introducing basic coding concepts, like commands and execution, while others focus on learning coding and programming languages through creating games or completing code exercises.

  • 6 free apps to teach coding skills in your classroomHopscotch– This award-winning app introduces coding through games and allows students to publish games for others to play.
  • Daisy the Dinosaur– Navigate with Daisy through code commands to introduce your students to the beginnings of code.
  • Cargo-Bot– Similar to Daisy the Dinosaur, Cargo-Bot uses commands to move a robot around. This app was completely designed on an iPad and is a great example to show students what is possible with code!
  • Tynker– Targeted at grades 3-8, Tynker focuses on a “watch-learn-do” system to teach computer programming skills that guides students through coding lessons and applications.
  • Kodable– Another fun, colorful app that teaches coding, Kodable teaches commands in an environment that is very approachable for younger students.
  • Swifty-If your students are ready to move on to making their own iOS apps, introducing them to Swift is the first step. This coding app teaches the Swift coding language starting at basic tasks and works through more advanced features of the Swift language.

Looking for more of my favorite apps?  Search the calendar or archive in the sidebar or check out this list:

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Blog Author and EdTech Consultant Dr. Monica Burns

Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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