Teacher Review for codeSpark Academy

Sequencing, Conditionals, and Loops, Oh, My!

Leslie M.
Media specialist/librarian
Crossett Elementary School
Crossett, 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 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I am currently piloting a coding club with two classes (one 1st grade, one 2nd) using the codeSpark app. Students are sharing a device, taking turns, and helping each other. With the Teacher Dashboard, you can set up classes, turn features on or off and change the difficulty level.
My Take
I love the codeSpark Academy app. Students are engaged and excited about learning. Reading is not a requirement, so it's perfect for pre-readers, but even older students (and adults) enjoy the quirky Foos characters. Each level introduces different computer science content. The app is free for educators and provides access to lesson plans, both plugged and unplugged, and the codeSpark community.