Teacher Review for CodeCombat

Code Combat

Adam S.
Classroom teacher
Young Audiences Charter School
Gretna, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I use it in my Media Arts class to reinforce our coding lessons and as something they can do when they finish other assignments. I also teach coding in after school and I use the paid licenses so they can take the game design and web design courses. I also used it at a summer camp to get a large group of kids interested in coding.
My Take
It is a fantastic tool to get kids interested in coding. I find its very effective when I make a competition out of it (e.g. first three students who complete the first dungeon win some kind of reward). I am easily able to move my licenses between kids so I can serve more students. My biggest criticism is the lack of flexibility in the educational version. They have removed the items and gems from this version of the game but I've found those things to be very motivating and exciting to the kids. I understand why they did this as they can be distracting from the core educational content but I believe that decision should be up to the teacher.