Teacher Review For Lightbot - Programming Puzzles

Engaging App that challenges students quickly.

Darren D.
Classroom teacher
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Englewood, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with General
How I Use It
This product was used in conjunction to the Hour of Code activities. Grades 2-4 seemed to gravitate to the program and were quickly engaged in the activities. However, the activities quickly became challenging and had limited direction. More examples of "how to" solve the puzzles or scaffolding for student understanding should be incorporated in the application.
My Take
Lightbot offers engaging puzzles that have limited clues or direction. Some children may gravitate to the puzzles while others will quickly become frustrated. Opportunities to receive hints is limited which decreases the return for continued play. Although, the program supports basic coding skills, explanations of the cause and effects of codes would be helpful in order for the App to garner more educational value.