Teacher Review For Code.org

Learning to code as fast as you can

Antonio D.
Classroom teacher
P.S. 70 Max Schoenfeld
Bronx, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Math
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 Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Code.org with students in grades three to five, and they love it at first try. Using characters from Angry Birds, and moving blocks to create a path to catch a "green evilness", a pig, students are hooked to coding. Students learn at their own pace. Even though the program lacks a writing component, I create activities where students write about their codes. ELL's and students with special needs benefit from course one which is made up out of orientation blocks: north and south to move up and down in the screen, and east and west to respectively move right or west.
My Take
If you need an introductory course to start teach coding, I think that Code.org is an excellent tool. Students can learn basic concepts of computer programming such as algorithm, sequence, debugging, and loops. I also like the fact that Code.org freely provides lesson plans that you may adapt to you needs. At the moment, the program lacks more flexibility. I mean, some times I need my students to create their own codes but there is no room for it. In sum, if you want your students to learn to code as fast as they can, give Code.org a try. I believe you're going to like it, too.