Teacher Review For Code.org

Fun Problem Solving activities

Katie L.
Technology coordinator
Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy
Chicago, IL
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Code.org has many options for curriculum. They have their original 20 hours of course work. They also have the newer Course 1, 2, and 3 curriculum. I have used portions of both sets of curriculum with all my K - 8 students. Last year I really took advantage of the Course 1-3 curriculum. My K-2 students worked through parts of Course 1. My 3-5 students worked through parts of Course 1 and 2 and my 6-8 students worked through parts of all 3. I scaffold-ed certain lessons into each grade level so that this year they will not be receiving the same lessons, but all new content. My students loved almost every part of the program and were always excited to see what was next. They have already begun asking me when we are going to start it this year.
My Take
Code.org is super responsive! They listen to teachers and their feedback and do their best to fix/change/add/delete our suggestions. Take advantage of the suggestions portion of the curriculum as they really do read each and every comment. I think this is a wonderful and fun way for our students to not only be introduced to coding, but computer science and what computer science really is. This curriculum teaches students that failure is ok and that persistence is necessary with problem solving.