Move The Turtle is an educational application for iPhone and iPad that teaches children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands.
*** Winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award
"I highly recommend it for all kids, whether or not they want to get into programming. The kind of thinking required to solve the tasks in the app is important for everyone to learn, for every field of study."
-- Wired.com / Geek Dad
"Are you a computer geek that loves programming or are you a classroom teacher instructing on such skills as angles, measurement and two dimensional geometry? If you answered yes to either these, then you have come to the right educational app"
"I spent my formative tech-years trundling a robo-turtle around the floor while learning the Logo programming language. Now there's an app for that, although in this case the turtle is virtual"
-- The Guardian
*** Move the Turtle teaches children (ages 5+) the basics of programming (yes, we do mean coding!)
*** Challenges and rewards keep children (with parents' assistance) & teenagers (on their own) engaged!
Do you remember the Logo programming language? A friendly Turtle will introduce your child step by step to the basic concepts of programming in a colourful graphic environment. Who knows, maybe your child will be the next outstanding programmer!
By completing the tasks, one after another, your child learns:
*** how to plan complex activities composed of simple elements
*** how to reuse previously completed work
*** how to use graphics, spatial orientation and sound in programming
Your child will also become familiar with the notions of loops, procedures, variables and conditional instructions.
Programming is about more than completing tasks, it is also about implementing your own ideas using your imagination. With this in mind we give you the opportunity to create your own programs from scratch or based on our inspiring examples.
We worked hard to remove some bugs and make using the app easier.
New features are coming in the next release (1.6) soon!
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Teacher Review: Good Little App
This is an interesting programming app. I like the layout, graphics and price. We tried Hopscotch with a class, which was a disaster. This is much more straightforward, but could use some tweaks to make it easier to use with kids.
Some of the directions are confusing. With more detailed directions explaining cause and effect, this would be 5 stars for me. For example, why does the turtle need to change colors to achieve a goal? The app says that there is a problem that needs to be solved, but as a user it doesn't seem that way. Some of these details seem counterintuitive, but not so much that I wouldn't try this with a group of kids.
This is definitely worth evaluating!
Good help is hard to find
Agree with pizmo, help buttons referring to a real help page would be good.
I like programming games to relax and have fun with. I tried move the turtle based on others suggestion but haven't been able to get into it. I'll try a little more.
As far as kids go I couldn't see them getting into this without an actual programmer there to help. Kodable seems more in line with that.
I tried contacting the dev a few days ago but haven't heard back. I'm not sure how responsive they will be as a whole though. I think this app may be good for a little coding challenge but I'm not sure
I got through the challenges but that was all there was. They could be better written. There's a lot of interactive components to this app. You can play songs draw lines, but it leaves you alone at the end of the tutorials and doesn't propose some challenges for you to work out
A lot of potential, but needs work
There doesn't seem to be any sound, which is a serious lack. There are bugs in the levels, the difficulty progresses far too quickly, and there is no way to design custom levels.
But it does what it says on the tin: Teaches programming basics while seeming like any other game. Also, the multiple users feature is an unusual and greatly appreciated bonus. Four stars because it doesn't seem to have any competition.
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- Krzysztof Haft-Szatynski
- 64 MB
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
English, Polish, Spanish
- Age Rating
- © 2021 Krzysztof Haft-Szatyński
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.