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Programming Game
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Dec 01, 2017 2017-12-01

Mobile Learning

Gameplay Using Programming Commands

Designed for iOS, Cato’s Hike puts students in a hiker’s shoes (either Cato’s or his friend’s—students’ choice) on an odyssey to find a way through the magical world they’ve stumbled into and to get back home. As they engage in the game, students use programming commands to tell their character where to move and how to get past such obstacles as water, rocks, and trees. To move their character, players drag command cards into the program. They can work with beginning-level commands, telling the character to walk or jump or turn, or they can use more advanced tools, such as loops, goto commands, if/then commands, branches, and chaining. Students can save their in-progress programs and email them to friends. A tutorial walks them through the basics; a written manual is also available. Cost: Lite version, free; expanded version, $4.99

Gamification/Game-Based Learning Computer Science/Coding/Programming

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