Code Jumper is a physical programming language designed to teach fundamental programming concepts to students ages 7-11. Designed for students who are blind or have low vision, Code Jumper is comprised of a physical kit, which includes a hub, pods, and other tools, as well as this app. The app can be used with screen readers and refreshable braille displays, making it accessible for all. Sighted students and those with disabilities other than visual impairments can use Code Jumper too, so everyone can collaborate and work together in one classroom. Code Jumper was originally designed by Microsoft and was developed by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Code Jumper is an easy platform to help students build the skills necessary for a modern workplace. Students will utilize flexibility and computational thinking as they experiment, predict, question, and practice fundamental programming concepts in a concrete and tangible way. Most existing coding tools are highly visual in nature, both in how the code is manipulated (such as dragging and dropping coding blocks) and in how the code behaves (such as showing animations). This makes them inaccessible to students who are visually impaired. Code Jumper is different: Both the app and the physical kit provide audible feedback, and the brightly colored plastic pods have oversized buttons and knobs connected by “jumper cables” (thick cords). With Code Jumper, you can transform programming instruction into hands-on activities for children that are fun and educational. All students can physically create computer code that can tell stories, make music, and even crack jokes. The accompanying sample curriculum lets teachers and parents teach coding in a gradual, systematic way. The provided resources, including videos and student activities, allow educators and parents to teach Code Jumper without prior knowledge or experience in programming.
What’s new in this version
Added support for the languages of German, French (France), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin America) and Spanish (Spain)
- Introduces foundational programming knowledge to students ages 7–11
- Develops students’ confidence through socialization, cooperation, critical thinking, and hands-on learning
- Opens world of coding to all students, regardless of visual ability
- Features auditory feedback on all components—the Code Jumper app and physical kit
- Supports screen readers and braille display for students who are blind and large font and high contrast for students with low vision
- Enables teachers and parents to teach students the basics of coding, without any prior experience
- Includes a curriculum with student activities and teacher guidance, like educational videos and activities
- Meets curriculum standards for computer science education
- Includes assessments to gauge students’ skills and understanding
- Accompanies the required Cope Jumper kit, which is comprised of a set of physical “pods” that are connected to build computer programs
Published byAmerican Printing House for the Blind
Approximate size70.71 MB
InstallationGet this app while signed in to your Microsoft account and install on up to ten Windows 10 devices.
AccessibilityThe product developer believes that this product meets accessibility requirements, making it easier for everyone to use.
Language supportedEnglish (United States)
Español (España, Alfabetización Internacional)