Teacher Review For Code.org

A Structured computer science curriculum emphasizing key vocabulary and concepts, must be supported with other programming experiences such as Scratch or Flash.

Mr. Scott W.
Classroom teacher
MS 137 Queens America's School of Heroes
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Code.org to introduce students to computer science concepts such as condition statements, variables, and logic. I support these objectives with Scratch projects such as game creation, drawing apps, exercises and experiences.
My Take
A great visual explanation of programming concepts required for games and apps. The teacher interface shows student progress and attempts, successes and failures. Contains videos from industry leaders such as Bill Gates. Videos contain a fair mix of male and female industry leaders. The teacher interface is somewhat hokey. Student usernames are on one screen, password resets are on another. If a student has a very long username it is hard to figure out what it is. Solution: students should create accounts with a uniform username such as firstname_class#_school.