Teacher Review For Lightbot - Programming Puzzles

Great start to Programming!

Rabiah H.
Classroom teacher
Kelly Miller Middle School
Washington, DC
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use it in two ways. When I want my students to start thinking (or go back and think) about procedures when starting experimental design I have used this activity. This activity is not enough in teaching about that because there are no steps written out in words, but I also scaffolded that part in. I have also used this product when teaching video game design and robotics as students begin to understand using a program to complete a task. This has worked wonderfully and students are invigorated to get started on other programs (where I can collect more data) as we start robotics and video game design projects.
My Take
This is a great tool! The app costs, but also has "lite" version that is also good and helpful depending on what you need it for. This app does not have a way for teachers to store information from different students playing the app, but students can do their own individual reflections and alert you to which levels they have progressed on. I think that allowing teachers to "sign up for a class" in the system like in some other sites would be a way to do this.