Teacher Review For Code.org

Students learn to code and play games at the same time.

Darlene P.
Assistant Principal & Graphite Mentor
Shivela Middle School
Murrieta, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used this product at first during the week of coding challenge. After that day my student beg me go on the website when they have earned "free" time. We held a class competition for the student who could code the most amount of lines. Students asked if they could do coding for homework or extra credit because it gave them an excuse to code on the website at home.
My Take
This is a great way to have students learn about computer programming. There are many different options for coding games. My students really enjoyed the angry birds game (Just make sure they have headphones or else you will go crazy). The levels got progressively harder but the students loved the challenge. As a teaching tool it was great to show the kids how computer programs worked. It is also useful to show sequencing and can be used for English reinforcement, math skills, etc. The only real issue was the sound of 37 student computers playing angry birds all day long.