Teacher Review For Code.org

Code.org is a great site to introduce children to the world of programming.

Robert L.
Classroom teacher
Spring Hill Junior High School
Akron, OH
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My Grades 7, 8
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 Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I have used code.org for the past two years. I started with the site in December 2013 during the "Hour of Code." The short tutorials provided on the site were created very well. Most of my 7th and 8th graders enjoyed the lessons. I decided to use the site again December 2014 for this year's Hour of Code. Code.org created an entirely new set of activities based on the "Frozen" characters Anna and Elsa. I have also used the extension provided on the site to provide more introduction into programming logic and thinking. There is a set of lesson plans and handouts to guide you through this process. Some of the activities are from the 2013 Hour of Code, but it goes way beyond that level. There are other activities on the site to engage the highest of abilities. Everything on the site is very well planned out. I did find this year, 2014, the site was slow during the Hour of Code week. I suspect that will change after this week.
My Take
I believe every child should learn a little programming. The skills learned while programming are life skills that will allow students to excel in any area and field they choose. Code.org has really done an outstanding job creating a site that allows non-programmers to teach students a little programming basics. The site is so fabulous, President Obama used it to write his first line of code.