Join David Gassner for an in-depth discussion in this video Making things move: Daisy the Dinosaur, part of Foundations of Programming: Programming for Kids.
…Daisy the Dinosaur is one of the simplest available children's programming apps.…It's available only for the iPad.…At this point, there isn't a version for Android tablets.…It's designed to help very young…children learn the simplest of programming concepts.…It's completely free and available for download from the app store.…When you first open Daisy the Dinosaur, you'll see…that there are two modes labeled, free-play and challenge.…I'll start in the free-play mode.…I'm working on an Ipad mini.…
If you're working on a full size Ipad, the interface will look slightly different.…For example, the list of commands in the upper left corner will display fully.…When you first open Daisy the Dinosaur, you'll see three primary regions.…The command list on the top left, the program pane…on the top right, and the stage at the bottom.…On the stage there's a cartoon image of a dinosaur, that's Daisy.…The kid's job is to make Daisy move, using commands from…the list such as move, turn, grow, shrink and so on.…
Each of these commands is a block that you drag and drop into the program pane.…
- Understanding your child's learning style
- Graphical programming on iPads and computers
- Making things move
- Learning about algorithms
- Programming animations, apps, and games
- Programming virtual and real robots
- Programming hardware: Arduino and Raspberry Pi
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/10/2014. What changed?
A: We updated the "Programming Android apps: MIT App Inventor" video to incorporate new device footage, so you can see how the app performs on an Android phone.