Tag Archive: Jocelyn Leavitt

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    by Angie Chang

    Women Teaching Girls to Code, Literally, with Free Hopscotch iPad App Launched This Week

    You see it everywhere – parents handing over their iPads to children for entertainment, education and time-killing purposes. It’s the new TV. But now, kids can learn to code for free in fun new ways – on an iPad.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    First, there was Cargo-Bot, the free and fun iPad game where kids learn to instruct a robot to move crates by programming. Then a cutesy Daisy the Dinosaur was released by Hopscotch, a company founded by two women (Samantha John and Jocelyn Leavitt) in New York passionate about getting more young girls interested in programming.

    The free app was a hit (free, fun, adorable app featuring a dinosaur that helps teach programming to kids – what’s not to love?) but critiqued for being too limited. Users wanted more challenges¬†and levels, even offering to pay for an extended version of the app.

    Announcing Hopscotch, the latest free app helping teach kids to program!

    This week, Hopscotch released their eponymous product Hopscotch, another free iPad app for children to learn object-oriented programming with the use of bright, colorful blocks and characters.

    With the Hopscotch iPad game, kids can make short animations and games easily by dragging and dropping different objects and running scripts on them.

    All these iPad apps to teach children to code are recommended for children ages 8-13, and user reviews have been recommending them for children as young as 5 years of age and up.

    Women 2.0 readers: How are you encouraging girls to dabble in science, technology, entrepreneurship and math? Let us know in the comments!

    Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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    by Angie Chang

    8 Female Founders to Watch Disrupting Education with Technology

    Education is ripe for disruption, and women entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the movement.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    From the educational aspect of gamifying the improvement and education of people, the possibilities are endless – many apps and companies are popping up looking to educate people (kids, second/third career adults, and everyone in between) on computational thinking, financial literacy, etc.

    Traditional academic institutions are going online, starting with university courses on YouTube and ending with massively open online courses available free of charge to whoever wants. Online collaboration is possible for students located in different areas of the world, and textbooks are increasingly going digital.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Teaching Children On Your iPad

    There are probably more women innovating on the iPad to educate the next generation. Let us know about these women and their companies/products in the comments below.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Angry Birds on an iPhone or iPad used to be a good babysitter, but don’t you want to educate your children while they play on your iPad?

    Introducing a host of female-founded startups working to make the iPad experience for your child an educational one. These female founders range from moms to business executives, from programmers to creative types. There is no “type” for edutech entrepreneurs innovating on the iPad.

    Here are female founders building apps and readers for children’s entertainment AND education: