Coding Apps for Preschoolers, Teens and Grown-ups 

Known to all, programming skills lead to dozens of lucrative careers in technology. And, with the advent of technology, code learning is now accessible and more effortless.

As a result, the number of people who want to build a career that requires coding skills is growing fast. Alike learning any second language, encoding requires regular practice to master. However, it is not easy for today's students to get the time or access to computers to practice, so that is why mobile devices have come in handy. Students can simply download coding applications onto their mobile devices and start learning the art of coding right away.

This article talks about the best coding applications for students who want to learn to code across different age groups.

Coding Apps for Preschoolers

Tinkerblocks

 

Tinkerblocks is a coding app designed for kids aged six and up is a language free digital toy! Create your individual "Magic Eight Project" and invent your "Fun Alarm System" to bring your ideas to life!

Tinkerblocks allow children to learn the concept of coding in the easiest possible way. The app has designed a tangible and easy to follow approach to coding that lets anyone create great projects powered by their devices' sensors and advanced possibilities, and their imagination. Tinkerblocks is perfect for students to start without requiring any prior coding knowledge quickly.

Tinkerblocks teaches Commands, Parameters, Functions, Loops, Conditions, Types, fix Bugs and FUN! Additionally, the application fosters student learning in critical areas like Social-Emotional, Creative Thinking, STEM, and computational thinking skills through play. Available at a charge of $1.99 of iOS devices, this Urban Pockets's app reckons, help children get to grips with commands, functions, parameters, loops, conditions, types and bug-busting.  

Compatible with :iOS and Web.

Code Spark Academy

 

Designed especially for the kids of the age group 4-10, CodeSpark Academy with The Foos is the number one app learn to code program. This award-winning app claims to have introduced over 20 million kids in 201 countries to the basics of computer science.

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

With CodeSpark, kids learn fundamental programming concepts and use them to code their projects in Foo] Studio. They also get personalized daily activities based on their progress; Curriculum develops based on collaboration with and research from MIT, Princeton and Carnegie Mellon. It is perfect for pre-readers, ELL students and kids with reading and focus-related challenges. The application provides its users with a 7-day trial version and charges $9.99/month, under which it supports three individual child profiles at a time and displays no ads.

GoldieBlox: Adventures to coding

Available at zero cost, the "GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding" teaches the fundamental concepts of coding in a story-based adventure where kids code a solution to deliver cupcakes all over town. Designed for kids' 4years and up, the app has various puzzles that increase in complexity as users' level up. It is packed with mini-games, stickers and allows kids to code their puzzles.

Goldieblox is based on a group of friends who marked a "birthday" on the calendar but did not know who that is. They resolve the issue in GOLDIEBLOX: ADVENTURES IN CODING - THE ROCKET CUPCAKE CO. making cupcakes for everyone and delivering them to town using rocket-propelled skateboarding until they find the party. Additionally, children play mini-games to collect ingredients and make cupcakes and program paths using visual code blocks. Each level adds to the adventure, and children can watch videos or customize coding puzzles.

Participating in a diverse and curious group of friends shows how excellent coding and engineering can be in an adventure based on history that is likely to attract more girls. This code-learning app is pretty run-of-the-mill as far as visual coding games go. Here learners can replay to fix mistakes or get help from Ruby Rail's notes (a character who is a nice nod to MIT's Ruby on Rails programming language), but more specific hints about various obstacles would help kids through sticky frustration. The mini-games develop spatial reasoning and connect with the theme of history. However, the sandbox and Goldie TV stand out, inspiring creativity and thoughtful design without restrictive stereotypes.

Compatible with:iOS.

Kodable

 

Developed for kids ages 4-10, Kodable is an award-winning coding curriculum trusted by over 50% of US Elementary Schools; it teaches your kids everything they need to know about computer science, from zero to JavaScript - no experience required! Kodable offers age-appropriate games and activities that let kids learn to think like programmers and write real code using our custom coding interface for kids! At kodable, children learn the concepts of Sequence/ Order of operations, Algorithmic functioning, Conditional logical instructions, Syntax, Variables including strings, integers and arrays, Object-oriented programming, Classes and subclasses, Qualities, Methods.

The application has over 80 scripted, grab & go lesson plans, Complete Scope and Sequence for each grade, Hundreds of on-screen activities for students, Roster Upload, Google Classroom, and Clever Login Integration, i.e. the complete k-5 curriculum that takes students from learning to thinking like a programmer in Kindergarten to writing REAL JavaScrpit by 5th grade.

Kodable comes with a trial version and a monthly fee of $6.99 or $59.99 per year for the high-end version.

Compatible with:iOS.

Code Karts

 

Designed for kids age 4 and above, the Code Karts introduces these young learners to pre-coding through a series of logic puzzles presented in the form of a race track; in real-time, it teaches kids the fundamentals of code. With over 70 levels, various puzzling obstacles, and two different game modes, there is no shortage of educational content for kids to enjoy.

The application's objective is to use direction bricks to get the racecar to the finish line. With the careful observation of the track ahead and some logical thinking, kids can quickly pick up solutions to more complex puzzles and begin to absorb key elements of code-based thinking.

Code karts come with Classic and Competition mode (race against the device) and are free up to 10 levels and 95 levels in the Full Game version + 9 bonus races. The application has a very intuitive User Interface for children from age 4 and helps learn and develop sequencing, problem-solving and logic. Also, it is available in 21 languages. The trial version of the app is available for a week and then charges $4.66/month and $40.68/year.

Compatible with: iOSAndroid and Web.

Hopster

 

Hopster is an animal-themed pre-coding logic game that helps kids learn the fundamentals of coding. Here, children are presented with a series of logical problems to solve, getting different animals to where they need to be. It is an educational puzzle game in which kids guide the animals to their homes or their parents. This app teaches basic concepts, using step-by-step instructions (an algorithm) and grouping repetitive instructions into a function. It simply begins with a bear, a void space and a cave. Children have two paths: horizontally and vertically. They have to choose and place the correct route to lead the bear into the cave. Eventually, the pathway puzzle pieces become arrows. However, when it comes to the most advanced stages, the kids no longer set the arrows directly on the animal's path but instead put the "commands" in a series of blocks at the bottom of the screen. Puzzles are divided into two levels: Each level has seven animals, and each animal has five jigsaw puzzles. When children complete a puzzle, they get a sticker for this animal's page in a free play area sticker book. The app is available free of charge but charges $1.99 for in-app purchases to unlock challenges.

Compatible with: iOS.

 

Coding Apps for Teens on the next page...


Coding Apps for Teens

Swift Playgrounds

 

Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app; compatible with iPad and Mac only, makes code-learning Swift interactive and fun. The application requires no prior knowledge of coding and allows kids to solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today's most popular apps. Later, introduces kids to a series of challenges and step up to more advanced playgrounds designed by Apple and other leading developers. And because it is built to take full advantage of iPad and the real iPadOS SDK, Swift Playgrounds is a first-of-its-kind learning experience.

It has built-in Apple-created lessons to guide kids through the core concepts of programming by using code to solve puzzles; the interactive 3D world can be used to rotate with a finger and pinch to zoom. Also, any three animated characters can be picked to introduce every new coding concept at a high level before diving into the puzzles. Not only this, it has a glossary and built-in help pages that give detailed information about available commands and frameworks.

Further, the app guides step by step through highlighting each line of code as it is run; allows to kids use their photos and images within a playground to make it uniquely theirs', also create their playgrounds that use graphs, graphics, touch, or chat with the computer. It takes learning from scratch to entirely new places.

Compatible with: iOS.

Hopscotch

 

Available for free, Hopscotch is a drag-and-drop coding app that helps kids learn coding in the easiest possible way. This app empowers the learners to experiment and write their code and programs in Hopscotch programming language and allow them to be independent readers, and grants access to many levels to solve coding problems. Once these have been mastered, students are free to create their own coding programming stories.

Further, Hopscotch provides excellent, quirky graphics that look like old school arcade games, which can be accessed by simply signing in with an account and email address. The Home screen of the app shows two options, Make or Play. The Make option lets you begin a project. Parents and kids will find that very overwhelming, and we suggest you follow one of the projects with the in-app video to get used to the controls. It has got four of them. At the same time, the play option seems to be locked in a different screen version of the application. However, there are many options here and several different categories.

Compatible with: iOS and Web.

Encode

 

This no-cost application allows kids to build up their coding skills through their self-paced lessons: bite-sized explanations, coding challenges and real-world examples.

Loved by thousands of learners globally, Encode is a fun way to learn tech skills: from Python, JavaScript and Swift to using the command-line, building websites, querying databases and analyzing data!

The newest version of the app comprises an expanded range of free coding lessons. Through this, kids can learn to build websites, analyze data, query databases and more. Also, the Encode Plus introduces a new learning experience, powered by an all-new code editor designed for mobile.

Compatible with: iOS and Android. 

Tynker: Fun Coding for Kids

 

Designed especially for kids, Tynker is a programming language app with over 20 million kids as their learners.

Whether they want to build an app or make their game, the easy drag-and-drop visual blocks make it really simple to do. Precisely, Tynker is part of an expanding category of LEGO-like programming tools, where children assemble blocks of code to create operational computer programs. The approach, made popular in education circles through MIT's free Scratch platform, encourages learning through exploration rather than memorization of arcane programming formats and formulas.   

Players encounter new programming concepts step by step as they try to solve programming mini-puzzles. A typical puzzle provides them with a few simple code blocks such as jumping, walking and repetition.

When the blocks are assembled in the correct sequence, a colourful cartoon character ambles across the screen, hopping onto the obstacles and reaching a reward on the other side. A variety of challenges take the player into outer space, solving puzzles on locked doors using programming code, and even a set of levels where programs cause a small robot to draw shapes on the screen. Feedback after each level rewards the stars for correct responses and provides guidance when the program is unable to resolve the assigned task.

Compatible with: iOS, Android and Web.

Coding Apps for Grown-ups

Khan Academy

  

Whether you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien trying to get into code learning, for free.

Khan academy's 'Hour of Code' code learning programme is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. The platform teaches new concepts using a talk-through, which is like a video but more interactive. Also, offers step-by-step challenges to practice newly learned concepts. And lastly, introduces learners to a project where they can get more practice and be more creative with the skills learned by far. The platform teaches at zero cost.

Compatible with: iOSAndroid and Web

Mimo

Designed for adult learners, Mimo offers bite-sized coding lessons, which is excellent for those with busy schedules. The premium version of the application is available at the cost of $4.99/month, which gives unlimited access to all of their courses and hands-on experience with real-world exercises and projects. The application adds new exercises weekly and supplies a code playground wherein learners can experiment with code examples and write and run their code.

The application has over 2,600 bite-size exercises, 53+ Concepts, and 32+ Projects for python learning; it unlocks at every level as learners keep expanding their skills. Furthermore, choosing the Web development path, learners dive into building websites with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which can be learned through its 13,000+ bite-size exercises, 87+ Concepts, and 62+ Projects. Also, with the SQL curriculum, learners dive into data science, analyze data with SQL, and even learn how Google and Netflix use big data to recommend websites or movies.

Compatible with: iOSAndroid and Web.

SoloLearn

Developed to be a unique application, SoloLearn was launched in 2013. It has over 35,000,000 users worldwide, making it shine with competitions and a useful community that makes coding feel like a community experience. It is a series of free applications that allow users to learn various languages and programming concepts through short lessons, code challenges and quizzes. The lessons are written with the novice in mind, so anyone can learn to read and write their code.

SoloLearn comprises of lessons for the programming languages and concepts, like Web development (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, JQuery), Python, Java, Kotlin, C++, C, C#, PHP, SQL, Algorithms and data structures, Ruby, Machine learning, Design Patterns, Swift and Git. The app does not seek prior knowledge of coding users; even beginners may use the app to learn to code. However, requires the learners to have basic technology skills like basic typing, the ability to select items on the screen, Drag-and-drop items on the screen and the ability to use VoiceOver gestures.

Compatible with: iOSAndroid and Web.

Any other coding app you would want to add to our list?

About the Author
Author: Saniya Khan
Saniya Khan I am Saniya Khan, Copy-Editor at EdTechReview - India’s leading edtech media. As a part of the group, my aim is to spread awareness on the growing edtech market by guiding all educational stakeholders on latest and quality news, information and resources. A voraciously curious writer with a dedication to excellence creates interesting yet informational pieces, playing with words since 2016.

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