Teacher Review for Code.org

Coding made fun- Really fun!

Robert F.
Technology coordinator
Junior High School 131 Albert Einstein
Bronx, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I introduced coding to my class and explained the extreme basics of what code is. The introduction video on the web site really engaged students because of the popularity of the people who spoke. I then let the class log in and navigate through the first lesson. They had to solve the puzzle- find the actual code behind the blocks they used- then copy and paste it to a Google slide. They then had to explain in their own words what the code on the screen did in their puzzles. As always I encouraged them to include pictures to be creative and make their slides more visually appealing. Each puzzle will produce student books of code with a combination of actual code and their own explanations of what the code did.
My Take
I found this teaching tool extremely useful as it kept the students engaged through out the process of solving puzzles. Advanced students breezed through the easy ones and were eager to get to the advanced puzzles. It's a phenomenal site for teaching the basics of code.