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Coding for the Common Core: 15 iPad Coding Apps for K-5+

by Kelly Walsh on September 1, 2015


Check out These Fun iPad Apps for Helping Young Students Learn About Coding, Logic, Math, & More!

Dr. Leslie Suters is a faculty member in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. She will present the session “Coding for the Core: Using the iPad to Develop Computational Thinking and Mathematical Practices” at the 2015 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this November in Raleigh, NC. 

Yesterday we published the article, “Coding for the Common Core – Apps for Integrating Coding With Math and ELA“, in which we shared numerous programmable robots and insights and lesson plans that offer ideas for how they can be used in classrooms teaching various subjects.

Today, we share 15 different iPad apps (many of them are free!) that can help teach coding skills while reinforcing related skills like mathematics, logic, reading, and more! These apps are geared toward students of elementary through middle schools ages.

Scratch Jr (Free, Ages 5 to 7):

Bee Bot (Free, Age 4 and up):

Kodable (Free, Age 5 and up):

Daisy the Dinosaur (Free, K-2):

Lightbot Jr ($2.99):

Tynker (Free, Grades 3 to 5; Also works with Sphero robot from yesterday’s post):

Cato’s Hike ($4.99, Ages 5 and up):

Cargo-Bot (Free, Age 10):

Hopscotch (Free):!/id617098629

Lightbot ($2.99, Ages 9 to 11):

Move the Turtle ($3.99, Ages 9 to 11):

A.L.E.X. Pro ($0.99, Age 6 and up):

Robot School ($4.99, Age 7 and up):

The Foos (Free, Age 5 and up):

Code Blast ($0.99, K – 2):

Come join Leslie Suters and hundreds of other educators at the 4th annual Teaching and Learning with the iPad conference!

Kelly Walsh Presenting Keynote at TLIPAD 2013


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, regularly running Flipped Class Workshops online. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Kevin Brice October 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Love this article highlighting some fun apps for teaching young learners about the world of coding. I was made aware of another great app for teaching kids how to code called Madlearn. I’ve seen it pop up in some schools recently. Looks like they’re getting some traction. Too bad my kids are too old for all these great apps!

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