Teacher Review For Code.org

Highly engaging for students!

Laura M.
ESL Teacher and Building Chairperson
Central Boulevard Elementary School
Bethpage, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this in my 5th grade technology club. My club has ELLs, special needs learners, general education, and advanced learners. All students were able to complete the Hour of Code. Many students continued on to the more advanced activities. Some students require support and guidance, but they can solve the code if they persevere. The videos may not play as they access Youtube, depending upon your district's security settings for students, but you can manually over-ride by downloading the files and then playing the videos. My goal for next year is to get through all levels of programming.
My Take
Great way to inspire and teach students about computer programming. Best of all it's free!! You really should complete all 20 levels on your own, before you set up a class (it will also give you code cred!). Easy set up, set up a teacher account and a link to a class. Teachers can see how each student progresses on a dashboard. I posted my link to my shared Google drive and students set up their accounts. Students don't have to enter personal information. Downside is that there is no password reset if they do not enter in an email address. I had my students create a password file and log their user name and password for each site we go to. Students work their way through each challenge independently. Students need headsets. Upon completion of the 20 levels, each student gets a certificate that you can batch print.