Tynker Premium is an app to teach children programming and all of the essential educational skills that come with learning to program.
- Four adventures
- Hints, tips and resolutions for each puzzle
- Easy to use interface
Users will appreciate Tynker’s easy to use interface and nice quality design elements. Each of the adventures has their own theme, including sounds, music and graphics.
Gentle guidance is provided throughout the puzzles. Hints, tips and resolutions are available for each puzzle.
Kids will develop or improve many educational skills in the use of this app; skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, pattern recognition, sequencing to name just a few.
Hints, tips, gentle guidance and resolutions are available for each puzzle. An easy to access glossary of terms and a walk-through of the resolution may be beneficial for some to really understand the function of each piece of code. Currently this information is only available if the user fails the level multiple times. One other change needed to maintain a positive learning environment is to eliminate the user being penalized for accessing the hint button.
Tynker provides an entertaining learning environment with each of the four adventures having their own theme. In the first adventure, intended for beginners, users will help an adorable pup named Pixel. The other three adventures, while geared more for intermediate users, also contain themes kids will enjoy. It is a good idea for those new to programming to start with the first adventure and work their way through in order.
Tynker Premium is the full version of the app; a free version is available in the App Store and contains limited content. An ample amount of content and quality design makes this a reasonably priced app for most. Multiple user accounts and making this a universal app would extend the value further for families and schools.
Tynker Premium does not contain in-app purchases; unlike the free version which does include them. All content for parents and teachers, including the resolutions, are located in a protected section. However, the protection is simple enough that most users in the targeted audience could easily access it.
Tynker Premium not only teaches programming to children, but all of the educational skills that come with learning to program.