Teacher Review for Code.org

Now I Can Talk to My Computer--CODE

Cathy P.
Media specialist/librarian
Pope John XXIII School, Evanston
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Students can learn how to talk to their computer by understanding the concepts of writing code through a fun, engaging, self-directed and supportive environment, filled with step by step concepts that lead them to a deeper understanding of writing code a cornerstone in the field of Computer Science. So many skills are developed--critical thinking, perseverance, collaboration and creativity which can be used in many aspects of their lives but also critical to their development as 21st Century Learners.
My Take
This is a terrific teaching tool, supporting the discovery of a new language in a step by step process. Students are engaged through the "unplugged" and "plugged" activities evidenced by their enthusiastic participation on an individual level and as part of a team. They work together, talking out ideas and trying different approaches to solve a problem--the structures created out of toothpicks and spice drops for one of the unplugged activities, were unique to each group yet each one was able to support a book for 10secs. The students are leading their own discoveries and the program is self-paced to support individual learning needs--enjoy being a partner with your students.