Teacher Review for Kodable - Coding for Kids

Super fun and engaging way to introduce computer science and coding to elementary age students. They loved the theme and ability to customize their fuzz and had so much fun learning coding basics. Easy to set up and use as the teacher!

Julie K.
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Lannon Elementary School
Lannon, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used it as an intro unit to coding with my 3rd graders to build off of to springboard into further coding in 4th and 5th grades. It was a great intro. Easy to get going, easy to understand as the teacher, and fun for the students. We had some trouble with kids going into other kids' accounts when only using the teacher code, so that created some teachable moments, but otherwise super great all-around. Very engaging at a time of year when kids are dealing with standardized testing and getting summer vacation itch.
My Take
I captured this above as well, but the only thing I'd say is we're heading toward using the many free options out there big picture. This has been great as another exposure and introduction for the younger kids, but with CS First and Code.org being free and also amazing, I'm using that with our older students who are ready to take it a step farther. I love what I see here so far, but our district doesn't have funds to purchase curriculum in this area.