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Insight iCON - programming in plain English

- programming in plain English

Based on the programming language of Junior Control Insight
This App provides a design-and-test environment which, with animated graphics, simulates the behaviour of real-world machines.  Pupils can create virtual control systems for switching devices on and off in timed sequences or in response to the actions of on-screen switches and sensors. Control systems are programmed in natural English instructions using the unique Insight Problem Solving Language.  This avoids complex syntax and is a valuable tool for developing the logical thinking required in conventional computer languages.
The ideal App for introducing computer programming to younger pupils

Create and debug simple programs

Use logical reasoning to explain the behaviour of simple programs

Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs

Work with variables and various forms of input and output

For National Curriculum ‘Computing’

Programming in the context of control systems

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