Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Apps & Education: Let's code !






screenshot Py/ iTunes

 "Py is an awesome way of introducing people to programming."

Ruzica Piskac, Computer science professor at Yale

Py‘s mission? Teaching students to code in bite-sized, gamified chunks delivered via mobile and iPad app.


This app is the brainchild of two friends and college computer science majors who found themselves repeatedly asked for advice on how to learn to code.

“Lots of people asked us how should we learn to program or what resources should we use.” 

Co-founder Derek Lo, via TechCrunch

“We would give people different resources and we would find out they wouldn’t really complete anything. And they would find it too hard or not fun. Or they couldn’t find the time. So that’s how this idea came about - we sort of thought why don’t we create something for the phone where somebody can learn these kind of hard things anywhere and then make it also very fun.”

The content has been created and reviewed by people at Google, Facebook, Yale, and NASA.



screenshot Py/ iTunes
Learn how to build apps, make websites or analyze data with Py's fun bite-sized lessons.

“We would give people different resources and we would find out they wouldn’t really complete anything. And they would find it too hard or not fun. Or they couldn’t find the time. So that’s how this idea came about - we sort of thought why don’t we create something for the phone where somebody can learn these kind of hard things anywhere and then make it also very fun.”

Co-founder Derek Lo, via TechCrunch



screenshot Py/ iTunes


  •  Features:
- Interactive: Run code, write programs, ace quizzes.

- Personalized to students, 
Py figures out what they're weak in and reviews it to keep you sharp.

- Progressing: Earning points. Completing challenges. Level up. Learn more.

- Streaking: Getting rewarded for hard work. Learning on consecutive days to go on a streak!




screenshot Py/ iTunes


Note : Teachers & students:


  • Subscription options:
The app offers a subscription with a free trial period of 1 month. At the end of the trial period, full price of the subscription will be charged each month thereafter.

Payment
will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. 
No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.

  • How to manage subscriptions:

Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.

Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period at the price of the original subscription.
You can manage auto-renew of your subscription in your iTunes account settings.

You may cancel a subscription during its free trial period via the subscription setting through your iTunes account. 
This must be done 24 hours before the end of the subscription period to avoid being charged. 

More infomation: 

You may turn off the auto-renewal of your subscription via your Account Settings. However, you are not able to cancel the current subscription during its active period.

  • Price : $9.99 a month. You will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing exchange rate as defined by iTunes.
Full terms of use can be found at https://www.py-app.com/terms.html







Computer class
credits: woodleywonderworks


Education: 

There’s a growing talent gap in programming and traditional education is starting to offer students new curriculum: computer programming. Young people is starting to create apps and computer programming activities.

So, will computer programming languages like PHP, Ruby and JavaScript soon be as commonplace in classrooms as languages, history chemistry? 


Sure! Some countries have already computer programming classes and other like Portugal are including new computer programming in school curriculum.


Coding - known as computer science - is a huge part of the present education. Computer science education and its constituent fields like back-end development and front-end web design should be available in all schools. We the teachers agree.


May be some schools and teachers will pay for this app that teaches to programming but a great number of students can't do the same.


Py can be an useful tool to teachers and students. However I believe in free and open education for all.


So, I can't agree with the terms of use. Only the trial is free, don't forget. 



Of course if schools can afford, I suggest teachers will use this app for teaching coding in the class .

Can anyone learn to code? “I think the answer to that is yes,” says Lo, a little hesitantly. “Maybe if you can’t read yet that makes things a little more challenging… [But] even a kid who can read, I think that they can learn to code, yes.”

via TechCrunch

Note:  The educational resources and digital tools published on this blog are my own choice. I don't do endorsements or advertising.~


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