Teacher Review for Kodable

Interactive, relevant and so much fun! A must-have app for kindergarten STEM students.

Lisa C.
Classroom teacher
Cedar Park Elementary
Saint Paul, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Cedar Park Elementary is a STEM school so all students automatically have Kodable in their self-service libraries on their iPads. The kids were very interested in it right away at the beginning of the year and asked for their passwords before I even had a chance to introduce the app to them. They logged in and explored on their own and immediately fell in love with the program. Our technology specialist officially introduced the app to all students for the Hour of Code in December. We had several other assignments in Kodable throughout the year including "Beach Clean Up" to help celebrate Earth Day. At the end of the year several students said that learning how to code in Kodable was what they were most proud of.
My Take
This was one of my top three favorite apps that I used teaching Digital Kindergarten at a STEM school. It was very interactive, engaging, kid-friendly and fun for my students. It is great for all students: I had a range of high, medium, and struggling students in my class. I also had 3 EL students and 2 students who received special education services. It was very popular with all of them. It was easy for kids to navigate and explore individually. Scheduling assignments that all students hadn't done or seen on their own already was the only tricky part that I didn't quite figure out how to do. I would also have liked to use more lessons that tied into other academic areas.