Teacher Review for codeSpark Academy

Great way to teach coding and computation thinking!

Ally W.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I teach a technology enrichment class and my students love to learn coding. This is my students' favorite program. All my students grades kindergarten to fifth are interested because of the engaging characters and content. The students don't even realize they are learning. I use this program to teach computer science and the foundations of computational thinking.
My Take
This program has so many benefits and very few negatives. As a teacher, it was easy to set up for all almost 800 of my students. It also is so easy to teach the students to use and many of them have gone home and created their own accounts. I love how engaged they are and how many different games there are to play within the program. The program is often updated and adds new stuff around each holiday so you don't have to worry about the students "finishing everything". The teacher dashboard is great and easy to read. It is hard to think of anything I would change! If I had to choose, I wish the codes for each grade lasted longer than two hours before they expire. I am on desktop computers though so that is different than if the students were using iPads.