Daisy the Dinosaur
By Hopscotch Technologies
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Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges. After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game.
What's New in Version 1.2
- Bug Fixes.
- Tutorial Improvements.
Probably just me
I clicked the daisy support and it just takes me to the front webpage. I can't find an email or anything to contact the developers. I would like to contact them to get help for the issues I write below. The challenge mode works well and is a good way for kids to learn. I downloaded this on 4 different iPads. My plan was to use this to teach following directions. For example, "Make daisy 1)Jump five times using one jump, spin, and walk backward- GO" I have many students with following 3 step directions as their goal and I had high hopes for Daisy. However, in freeplay mode I could never get the commands to move up. The last one you can see is turn and the ones below you can't see (grow, shrink, spin) and I could not find a way for those to scroll and be accessible. I also had the entire app "move" up and down when you touch the screen. Anyway, the challenge mode was a lot of fun for the goal: following directions. I had the kids read it and figure it out. It was really challenging for them- but fun! I would like the freeplay mode to work for me though. It is a great idea, just "buggy". Or at least it was for me.
Great beginning to programming!
Daisy the dinosaur is a great intro to programming to pique kids' interests on the subject. My daughter was playing around with Daisy and making the dinosaur do all kinds of things. It made her hungry to learn more. She was only disappointed there were not more options for tricks and it is more of an intro to programming than something that can challenge her long-term. I am taking software engineering courses and although this doesn't expose kids to much language important for programming, it lays the foundation and visually reinforces what the program is doing when tested.
Great idea but limited
I loved Logo back in 80s and Daisy is a very good idea for young kids but there are too few options and I don't see a way to save your programs. In free play mode I would like to be able to repeat a different number of times instead of just 5 and it would be nice to add more objects so Daisy can jump to touch a star for example. Please update and I would be happy to pay more and give 5 stars.
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Feb 23, 2012
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 5.3 MB
- Languages: English, Spanish
- Seller: Hopscotch Technologies
- © 2011 Hopscotch Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.