I may be late with picking up on this, but I have just discovered Cargobot – the first App to be created on an iPad using the Codea App and it is just too awesome. Learning coding is on my ‘To-Do’ list for the next academic year and am researching into Code Academy at the moment as a starting point. With Cargobot you are introducing the concepts of Coding and I know that any student that I have ever taught would love the challenges that Cargobot offers.
Drew Minock and Brad Waid, the two guys who introduced me to this App, mentioned in a webcast from #ISTE13 how they had their students using this app in class and at home when one of the students was told that they had created a new ‘Best Solution’ for the level and was asked to please record then upload to YouTube – how cool is that! Just imagine how inspired that child have been to know that at Grade 4 they have achieved what no one else, no even the App developer, had achieved before?
Now add it to your classroom environment and you are onto a winner. The game is all about Logic and reasoning skills, trial and error, working through a problem and persistence – skills that every teacher is trying to foster in the 21st Century learner. When you attempt the problem you can see how many moves it takes to reach the best solution and when you reach a solution you are given a star rating out of 3 just like Angry Birds- a 1 star or 2 star solution means your solution is OK or your solution is good, but could be done better. To me that becomes a second challenge and makes me want to do better – I will persist until I get those 3 stars that have eluded me.
Maybe add it as a homework challenge? In those paperless classes with 1:1 iPads it would be perfect, as all you need to do is set a level, get the kids to work on it and then record their best solution and upload it to their blog or digital portfolio through YouTube like my 2 start solution below. The next day in class you could get into groups and discuss each others solutions, possible problems, ways to improve solutions and then rework the solution.