Hopscotch is jumping along
It’s been a while since we last checked in with Hopscotch, the Scratch-like app for the iPad. In fact, looking back, seeing how Hopscotch is developing has become a roughly annual event – Hopscotch released, Version 2 released.
In the last year, Hopscotch has been making great strides in all directions and its creators have really developed it into quite a sophisticated environment while retaining its appeal. The latest release aptly demonstrates where they are going. The inclusion of maths operators really steps the app up a notch from its original quite simple instructions set:
- Sounds! You can make music and add sound effects to your games!
- An “If // Else” block to create more sophisticated conditional statements
- Fancy maths operators like square root, exponents, Sine, and Cosine
The Hopscotch team continue to thoughtfully encourage creativity. I was particularly interested to see them remove the capacity to get the most ‘likes’ for a program as it was being milked unscrupulously and actually discouraging sharing. Instead they have focused their community on collaboration by encouraging the most ‘branching’ – where someone takes and develops someone else’s program.
If you have iPads in a primary school environment, or have kids that age, you really should be using Hopscotch as a matter of course. It remains free for individuals, although there are now in-app purchases, and a school version is available with everything unlocked.
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2 thoughts on “Hopscotch is jumping along”
Hi Evan, my daughter adores Hopscotch and is keen to join a coding group in Sydney which focuses on Hopscotch. She is already in a school group that uses Scratch (which she is not so keen on). Any suggestions? Thanks, Sophie
I’m afraid I’m not aware of anyone focusing on Hopscotch. Most groups move to Scratch, partly I guess because it works on computers rather than the tablet. If your daughter could grit her teeth and work with Scratch there are quite a few groups about she could work with, depending on where in Sydney you are looking.