Teacher Review For Code.org

Perfect way to introduce coding to younger students!

Carly M.
Media specialist/librarian
Dundee Elementary School
Omaha, NE
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I completed my first "Hour of Code" with grades 1-6 this school year. I was able to use code.org's site with grades 2-6. I used some of their set up videos to engage the students and briefly explain what coding is. I had students complete the Minecraft, Frozen, or Star Wars drag and drop tutorial. I found that some students had completed coding activities before, so I challenged them to complete the tutorials using java. This did take some time.
My Take
I loved code.org for the purposes of introducing coding. I did take some time before I taught the lessons to go in and try the tutorials myself, which helped me answer questions that student shad. This site is so engaging for students and has created a passion for coding in several! I think with the simplicity of the tutorials, I was able to learn quickly and the students found instant success. This will serve as a platform for other coding activities in the future.