Teacher Review For Lightbot - Programming Puzzles

Good application for teaching logic and problem solving.

James S.
Classroom teacher
Aptos Middle School
San Francisco, CA
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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 Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Lightbot as an introduction to programming before teaching them Javascript. I let the students attempt the first few levels without any introduction or instruction, essentially letting them play with the app. We then shared out our processes and strategies. As the levels get more complicated, this led to some interesting discussions about the "best way" to complete a level. I also used it as a "free time" app.
My Take
I found this a great tool for introducing programming. The best lesson kids learn is "Garbage In/Garbage Out" and that computers interpret instructions literally so they had to be explicit in their instructions.