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Pros: Easy to use, well scaffolded, lots of support. There's a decent teacher dashboard.
Cons: No pricing listed, no accessibility tools for those who require them, limited curriculum. Adding students to the class is clunky.
How Can I Teach with This Tool?
Blackbird is a standalone platform that allows students to move at their own pace and learn as they go. It allows them to play around with their code in the workshop and try extra challenges once they have completed guided exercises. Teachers can assign various curricula to their students, allowing students to work through it at their own pace. It also allows for students to copy their work into the workshop and then submit it to the teacher for feedback and '"feathers" awarded for work well done. One standout feature is that its foundation is applying programming to subject-matter material, so students learn coding in the context of math or science concepts. At the time of review, the curricula are relatively sparse, but there are promises of more to come. Also, the interface gives kids lots of specific feedback, so the debugging process really adds to their learning.