Teacher Review For Code.org

Wonderful interactive site for kids to get their feet wet on computer programming

Paul F.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I began using Code.org with the "Hour of Code" challenge. I used one session in our school's Computer Lab for students to setup their accounts and work through the tutorials which are logic based games. As students progressed through the lessons, they were using more code and less point and click to understand the code required from each lesson. This is a nice way to introduce coding to your students.
My Take
You are not going to learn how to write code to create your own app or game, but you will be introduced to the basics of coding. I originally planned to spend one class session in the Computer Lab on this, but students loved it so much, we extended it. Many students continued working through the lessons on their own time at home, so it is very engaging It is worth spending instructional time on.