Teacher Review For Lightbot - Programming Puzzles

Great for upper elementary students who understand basic coding.

Toni O.
Library Technology Educator
Fountain Valley School of Colorado
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
During the Hour of Code last year, I used this with fast 2nd - 3rd graders and some 4th and 5th graders. This tool was harder for some to understand and visualize what needed to be done. It is 3D and for some that was really hard to conceptualize. The students collaborated in pairs to work through the levels of this game. Sometimes students could not communicate with their partners. Many students had a hard time when they could not discover their answer on their own. This was a great challenge exercise after they have done easier programming activities.
My Take
A quick explanation of the tools with audio would really help the students. They tend to click pass the instruction screens and then missed the important information. I liked that it really challenged the students who were understanding programming.