How I Use It
Being the computer teacher, with no background in computer education this site is wonderful! I first heard about this website a couple of years ago and looked into it and started learning how to code myself. I then signed up most of my classes for the hour of code, which they completed. I had students come up to me saying they want to be computer scientists and they love working on it. This year I signed my whole school up for the Hour of Code and it was semi-successful. The site was a little slow and they students progress was not recorded because they had so many people using the website all around the country, but at least students were still able to participate. The great thing about Code.org is that it is available throughout the whole year, FOR FREE! They now have different courses with lessons that you can use with your classes (at different levels). This site can be translated into many different languages, which definitely helps for ELLs. I like that they use animations to help guide instructions for the younger students, but I do wish they had audio reading capability for some of my older students who like participating, but are unable to read the directions. They are constantly updating and adding new features, this site can only get better! I definitely think this is a great website and will keep using it!!
I really have only great things to say about Code.org. They know how to engage students with the characters, animations, games. They are teaching students the basics of coding, but making it fun and engaging. Students like seeing how many levels they can complete correctly, and they love earning the certificates. Now with a feature to save and print out different types of work they created, I can go through their work and print out projects they made and put them up on the bulletin board. Teachers definitely need to go on it before putting students on, so that they are able to help students that might get confused, but I enjoy it just as much as the kids so that is fine by me.