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Code Land - Coding for Kids
Pros: Large variety of puzzles to match a range of skill levels.
Cons: There's no help when students struggle to solve a level.
Bottom Line: This one app takes students from knowing nothing about coding to creating their own simple multiplayer games, but there's little help along the way.
How Can I Teach with This Tool?
Teachers can use Code Land - Coding for Kids to introduce basic coding concepts, or challenge more experienced coders with something new. Read the short game descriptions available from the info menu of each "land" to learn more about the concepts behind the games. Beginners should start in Logic Land, where logic games focus on general tasks such as forming a path that leads a robot to its end goal. Though the website indicates that all players need to start with the entry level, experienced coders can jump right to Multiplayer Land, where they'll use advanced coding commands to program their performance in a game against the app or against a friend. Or they can dive into Create Land, which is more of a sandbox environment. There's no placement test, so students or teachers will have to choose for themselves where to start. And regardless of students' skill level, teachers will need to be on hand, as there's little feedback or guidance in the app to help students when they struggle.