Teacher Review For Code.org

Excellent introduction to coding for elementary school students

Amy B.
Classroom teacher
South Park Elementary Center
South Park, PA
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My Grades 4
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I am using this in my fourth grade classes to introduce and create interest in the world of coding. Some students struggled, but they were able to work together and share ideas when they got stuck. The movie tutorials were engaging and helpful. Overall the students had a lot of fun and are more aware of how to use basic code.
My Take
Code.org has a great option for exposing students to coding without too much set up. The video tutorials are interesting and engaging. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates lead two of the video tutorials. All of the video tutorials are helpful and explain how to use the next step of the coding process. Students will move Angry Birds and Zombies through mazes using various types of code. The scaffolding process helps students go from not being able to code at all, to doing complicated multi-step moves. Students do not need to sign in to complete the hour of coding. I created a username and password for myself and saw that there is a lot more that this website offers. There is an entire K-8 Intro to Computer Science Course. From as far as I can tell, this is a free resource, but it seems you may need to have some training or attend a workshop. Either way, this is an excellent resource even if you just use the portion "Hour of Code" with your students.