Guest blog post from Simon Johnson (Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator)
With flappy bird removed from online stores, you may be all in a flap over where you are going to get your next flappy related fix. Well worry no more because, thanks to a free online tool called TouchDevelop, you can now create your very own flapptastic app by simply following a few easy steps.
What is TouchDevelop?
TouchDevelop is an online app creation tool from Microsoft Research. Originally designed to develop Windows Phone 7 apps, the touchdevelop Web App now allows you to develop Windows Store apps suitable for Windows 8 touch screen devices and runs on iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, Linux. There is also a dedicated touchdevelop app on the Windows Phone 8.
Created for the UK hour of code, this easy to use step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to create your very own flappy bird clone. Just follow this step-by-step tutorial and your flappy bird woes will soon be over.
Hungry for more?
If this tutorial has wet your appetite and you want to learn more! Why not sign up for UK hour of code (running between the 3rd and 9th March 2014). Through fun tutorials and lesson plans, Hour of code plans to be the biggest ever national initiative to get students, teachers and parents learning to code in just sixty minutes. Hour of Code has already been extremely successful in the United States with more than 15 million participants. Register for the UK hour of code here: http://uk.code.org
Like to find out more about touchdevelop or want to try out some more tutorials? Below is a list of courses and schemes of work that introduce you to the programming concepts and the environment of the touchdevelop Web App.
- TouchDevelop hour of code – official tutorials from the TouchDevelop team
- Build your first app – free online course from Microsoft
- TouchDevelop challenge hour of code – step-by-step tutorials created to support the UK hour of code
- TouchDevelop Challenge – series of lessons and challenges to get students building games and apps with touchdevelop
- Games4learning – Created by David Renton (Extended Lecturer in Games Development: Reid Kerr College, Scotland) A series of YouTube tutorials which introduce students to game design using touchdevelop.
- Ray Chambers’ touchdevelop Scheme of Work – A complete scheme of work for touchdevelop which sees students design and create an app from scratch