Name: Lightbot Jr.
Size: 51.8 MB
Although I am not in the age group suggested for this coding app, I must admit I did enjoy it. I am also not a gamer but a technology user for education, work and social purposes. I never thought I really needed to know how to code and I’m not sure Lightbot Jr. will get me coding in any real sense but it does have value.
It is a very highly recommended app for introducing early grade levels to the logic of coding. It took me a little more than an hour to work through the first of 5 levels of lighting up various squares with increasing complexity and I will admit that my only coding experience is with Daisy the Dinosaur. Lightbot Jr. seemed to be easier. Not as much reading was necessary and trial and error was the name of the game.
In a classroom, this app would be a great addition for all students but I can see it especially attracting the student who is very logical and can whip through each stage successfully. The kind of student (more like me) that is not all about linear thinking and logic would also enjoy this game. There are no wrong answers just chances to try again. And the logic of coding is built into the fun.
Download and try it on your own and share it with your class. Make it a Friday afternoon option for some of your students to work in groups. It would be a fun activity and it will build the capacity for the logical thinking so critical in coding.
Also included in a more expensive app package is Lightbot. I’ll let you know how I do…