How I Use It
I have been slowly adding Code.org into my lessons with my 7th and 8th graders. I started using this website during their Code.org Hour of Code week. The website comes with a lot of teaching resources. I began using this website when I didn't know a whole lot about coding and it made it really user friendly. I was able to work through the lessons with the kids without a lot of prep work. The "games" the kids play involve so little set up that the kids can just get on the website and begin. I have had the opportunity to go to a Code.org training and work through their curriculum with the students. If you have the chance to attend one of their training's, DO IT! Not only do you get the curriculum for all grades for free, you also get a bunch of swag and supplies sent to your school. All of their digital lessons come with an unplugged lesson to begin the unit. This lesson gets kids up and moving, creating, singing, dancing, sharing, and so much more before they even begin to work through the curriculum. You can begin the students at a level that works for them and most of their lessons work really well for paired learners.
This website is great as an introduction to the idea of coding but also as a fully functional coding curriculum.
I think that this site is great and the students that I have used this site with have all loved the lessons. The website offers lessons for all different levels of learners. This is a great site to add into the year as their is time or to have the students work through as a class.
While there are many different levels of lessons for the kids to begin with, sometimes the characters are a little young for the middle school students. The games are intuitive and educational and bring the idea of coding down to a level that allows participation for any learner.