Website review by Elvina Tong, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2022

Codementum

Clear connection between blocks and coding languages in game-based platform

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4–9
Subjects & Skills
Creativity, Critical Thinking

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Pros: There's a teacher-friendly dashboard, curriculum resources, and plenty of support.

Cons: Student resources are text-heavy, and Easy/Advanced levels are very similar.

Bottom Line: Seamless switching between blocks and text plus easy onboarding make this coding curriculum great.

Codementum is a game-based platform to introduce students to coding. Students can learn block coding, Python, or JavaScript. There are several options for kids to explore: Studio, App Maker, Game Maker, AI-ML, STEM, and Computer Science. Beginning with Studio allows students to begin with coding basics. Students try to complete tasks by collecting potions that appear on the screen with the help of characters. Completing the task in the most efficient way earns three stars. Teachers have a user-friendly dashboard, which allows them to assign lessons, manage content, track student progress, and view student reports. Codementum also has many lesson plans and curricular resources. Because the student support materials are text-heavy, it's best for strong readers. And while students unfamiliar with coding logic could start with Codementum, it's probably best used as a bridge between simpler platforms, like Scratch, so kids can start to make solid connections between blocks and programming languages. Teachers can use the platform to help students with fluency and confidence as a launch activity. This is a fun, engaging means for students to acquire exposure to coding and coding concepts, then apply them by developing games and applications.

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Engagement

Codementum’s game-based approach is fun, and collecting potions with the help of characters to earn stars adds encouragement.

Pedagogy

Walk-through tutorials and the flexibility of switching between programming languages helps students learn. Text-heavy lessons will be tricky for some.

Support

Deliberate, dynamic on-screen help prompts and tips and useful, and students have a choice of four languages. Teachers can assign lessons, manage content and monitor progress on a user friendly dashboard.


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Elvina Tong Computer Science and Innovation Teacher

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