Teacher Review For Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks

Introduce Coding With Ease

Valerie H.
Technology coordinator
Wemrock Brook Elementary School
Manalapan, NJ
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
How I Use It
The Tynker website is more robust than the app, but both are very useful in introducing students to the concept of coding. The website allows you to create a class account so that students will need a code to get into your lessons. You can also choose which lessons to focus them on as they learn to code. In addition, the students work is tracked and can be useful to see who is progressing and who needs extra help. The app is a great alternative or addition if desktops or laptops are not available.
My Take
I really like Tynker for introducing the concept of coding. There are a variety of activities for all levels and interests. I prefer it to other sites where you cannot create teacher or student accounts. It would be preferable it the site also included off-line lessons (much like Code.org does.) This way it would be a comprehensive curriculum that would be useful in teaching students all about coding. The students really enjoy the games and that is definitely a benefit to this site. When I use it, the students are super-focused and really enjoying themselves.