Teacher Review For Code.org

Engaging introduction to the concept of coding.

Nicole E.
Media specialist/librarian
Sacred Heart Cathedral School
Knoxville, TN
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My Grades 3, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
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
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I teach new groups of students each quarter and use Code.org as part of their technology education. We use the Course 2 and the students work through at their own pace. I'll do a brief intro for each lesson to explain a major concept (e.g. loops or functions) but I encourage the students to help each other figure out the solutions to tricky problems. They love the challenge and the popular graphics make this a favorite unit every time.
My Take
I think this is a great introduction for students, most of who have never thought about coding before. It makes it accessible and the accompanying videos help them realize how they could pursue careers in the field. That being said, it is an introduction to coding. For deeper learning students will need to move to other programs, such as codecademy.com.