Teacher Review for Lightbot : Programming Puzzles

Excellent introduction to Coding

Philippe C.
Technology coordinator
French American International School
San Francisco, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I use Light Bot in different settings in a bilingual French American School, I use the tutorial in French. in a Coding After School Class with students from grade1 to grade 4. Light Bot is usually presented as the first step into a "Learning Coding" progression. As I was trying to introduce coding into our 2nd and 3rd grade bilingual curriculum, the opportunity happened after lessons and experiments about electricity (open/close circuit with or without switch), since the goal, in Light Bot, is to program a robot to turn on light bulbs, the continuum of learning was perfect and now we're implementing a regular follow up. I also used it during Computer Science Education Week for a successful "Hour of Code" event.
My Take
As an introductory practice to coding in the early grades, Light Bot is very versatile. It provides tutorials in 4 different languages (English, French, Portuguese and Russian). It can be set up very easily since it is a free app, it can be used individually, in small groups or as a whole class. Interest and challenge is immediate and students are engages very quickly, and it encourages learning differentiation since students can learn and progress at their own pace.