Teacher Review For Kodable

Kodable is an amazing app for instructing beginning coding for all ages. Great way to scaffold code!

Shannon K.
Technology coordinator
Polton Community Elementary School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I started my coding unit introducing practice apps to explain the basics of coding and how it worked. Kodable was a great app to use for all levels of students as young as K and up to my 5th graders. It uses direction and logic to get students thinking about problem solving and how to get their "fuzzy" from one beginning place to another at the end. It start pretty easy and basic and continued to get more challenging. Again, it held the engagement level for all my technology kids from K - 5. We went as far as we could on the free app - and would like to buy the paid app so we can continue on!
My Take
I really liked this app as a teaching tool. I started each lesson with an example as a class. Older students caught on right away while my younger students I ran more examples together- but then they were off a "coding". This app worked will paired with other coding practice apps and I have used it to lead up to the introduction of Scratch. I like that students are able to catch on quickly, but the app still remains challenging! Students who have a hard time with reading directions or following directions in class were able to remain engaged as well. They wanted to continue to problem solve. We have shared one account on each app, but there is a place to have each user sign in. I am unsure of how many accounts this app could have.