Logotacular is a colourful app to help you learn Logo, a programming language designed to assist in learning geometry and programming.
The most basic commands in Logotacular are the 'go forward' command and the 'turn right' command. You use these commands to control a small on-screen 'turtle', which draws a colourful path as it moves. You can change the background color, line color and the thickness of the lines drawn, as well as and raising/lowering the pen. Loops can be programmed by use of the 'repeat' command which tells the turtle to execute a set of commands a specific number of times.
Variables are used to tell the turtle the value assigned to a letter, and functions (or 'procedures') are used to name a set of commands so that you can easily execute them later, all concepts useful in learning other programming languages! In this most recent version you can also use 'if' statements for program control.
Logo was created in 1967 by Wally Feurzeig and Seymour Papert - researchers at MIT university. Their goal was to create an easy to learn application where kids could play with words and the structure of sentences. Later versions of Logo included on screen graphics and the forward and right commands to move an on-screen 'turtle' around the screen. In 1969, a physical robot was designed which would move across the floor tracing its path with a pen. Seymour Papert pioneered its use in school classrooms as an educational system in the early 1970's.
* Learn about programming using an on-screen turtle
* Make colourful patterns as you learn about geometry and coding
* Understand variables, scope and loops
* Use functions (procedures), if/else statements and recursion
* Save your code and come back to it later
In this version I have added the following extra functionality and commands:
1. The "setheading" command to set the direction of the turtle
2. The "clean" command to clear the screen
3. The "wait" command which pauses execution. This is useful in conjunction with "clean" - you can create animations, clearing the screen before each frame is drawn and using a pause to make sure that the user sees each frame
4. Updates to the tutorial pages
Ratings and Reviews
This is a great app to teach coding to your kids
LOGO was the first programming language I learned when I was a kid. This app is great to teach programming to your children.
Looks like fun.
It's a cool app, I use it for fun.
This is a really nice implementation with a lot of features. Especially good is the ability to save files, and the inclusion of references and short tutorials. Easily would have been a 'five star', but where oh where is the turtle? Beginning programmers need that visual to understand and keep track of position and heading. It would be great to be able to hide/show the turtle.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.