Recently I came across the Tickle app and knew right away that it was going to become a regular fixture in my computing classes. Why? Because it allows me to program my Sphero!
I absolutely love my Sphero and so do the students but I had held off from purchasing more as the Orb Basic progarmming within it seemed a little advanced for the younger kids. Tickle uses a visual coding blocks language though, similar to Scratch, and features a huge range of commands, controls and variables.
It's not only for Sphero though - Tickle allows you to program Parrot drones, Arduino and even the Phillips Smart Lighting system. It also includes the ability to program simpole 2D games like Flappy Birds (there's a fun Flappy Batman included!)
Take a look at it in action:
Definitely worth a look for anyone working with kids to develop coding skills in a practical way. You can find out more via the official site here: