Teacher Review For Kodable

I have used this app successfully for grades K-5 to teach coding, algorithms, and debugging.

Karyn W.
Technology Integration Resource Coach
Orion Alternative School
Redwood City, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use Kodable Pro as an introduction to coding for grades K-5. First, I have the students complete an "unplugged" activity where they write commands on a piece of paper for their partner to follow. The partners act as a robot and only the commands as they are written. Usually the activity involves the "robot" partner having to walk across an obstacle course and then pick up a hula hoop. If their is a glitch in the code, the robot reports the problem to the programmer who must debug the code. This activity takes about 45 minutes. Next, I introduce Kodable Pro on the iPads. I give minimal instruction and let students work in pairs. Then, after the students are comfortable with the app, I have students work independently so that they can progress at their own pace. This introduction takes about 30 minutes. I allow students about 30 minutes a week to use this tool. They LOVE their computer science time! I like that many parents have reported that their students write their own "unplugged" code at home to turn their siblings into robots to follow their commands.
My Take
I like the way Kodable Pro gives students the opportunity to be persistent and think logically. Through practice with problem solving and troubleshooting of coding errors, students identify efficient methods for writing commands to move their FuzzFamily friend through obstacle courses. The introductory demo helps students get started with minimal instruction from the teacher. Students can work at their own pace.