- programming and coding
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
- exploring interests
ProsCharming art mixed with serious programming challenges.
ConsLimited range of covered concepts, and tough puzzles could use a better hint system.
Bottom LineA great introduction to coding with solid teacher support that gets kids using a real programming language and digging into some meatier concepts than other early coding tools.
Free to Try - $19/year+
A complete dashbord lets teachers track student progress, examine their code solutions, pull stats for the entire class and even look up tricky solutions for puzzles where kids get stuck.
Common Sense Reviewer
Director of academic technology
Cute cartoon graphics welcome wanna-be programmers, although there's not much story/character for context. The slowly increasing level of puzzle difficulty keeps players focused.
Clever programming puzzles move the player through each new concept, usually providing just enough difficulty to challenge without frustrating. This bite-sized learning makes bigger concepts easier to digest.
An excellent curriculum guide supports teachers, and players can type themselves or use buttons to enter code. But when a student gets stuck, the limited hint system leaves students leaning on peers, teachers, or developer support.
Students help a monkey retrieve her lost bananas, journeying through a whimsical map full of procedural coding puzzles. Each level is viewed from a top-down perspective, and students must write and "run" code snippets on the right side of the screen to steer the monkey across each level on the left side of the screen. This two-sided style helps students instantly see the results of their work. Each new level introduces an additional piece of code or a new function, or challenges the player to put the pieces together for themselves. After players get the gist of the interface and puzzles, the focus is on getting each solution to not only work but work well so they receive the maximum number of stars. Students can share their best solutions and even create challenges once they've finished all the puzzles, while teachers -- with the paid classroom or school version -- can track students' progress and help students with an answer key of all solutions.Read More Read Less
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