Teacher Review For Code.org

Fantastic program to help teach/introduce Computer Science at all elementary grade levels.

Nathan P.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We are using this website to teach an introductory coding class this year to our elementary students K-6. This year, we are using only courses 1 and 2 but are looking to expand upon that in the future so that 5th-6th graders will have gone through all 4 courses and possibly the advanced course by the time they leave our elementary schools. So far, the students are really excited to learn about coding and the videos have helped to keep them excited. The teacher lessons plans have been immensely beneficial in helping me introduce the topics and the vocabulary to the students.
My Take
I love this website. I highly recommend finding a local training seminar. If you attend this, they will show you everything that you need to know as well as give you free supplies for a course of your choosing. I really like how the students can work through the levels at their own pace and that every now and then the students are taken "offline" for an "unplugged" lesson to introduce a new concept to them before they put it into practice online. Everything the teacher needs is given through the lesson plans along with all of the printables for the "unplugged" lessons as well. The videos throughout have gotten and kept the students excited to learn all that they can about coding.