Teacher Review For Code.org

A fun way to learn the basics of coding

Laura D.
Classroom teacher
Shell Bank JHS
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Science, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use the hour of code as an introduction to our unit on coding. When the hour of code was completed, Students who showed aptitude and ability, and who had mastered the concepts, moved on to Khan Academy computer science modules, while students who struggled went into the "Beyond an Hour of Code" exercise, to delve deeper into the concepts without actually having to write code.
My Take
This is a great tool to use to introduce coding concepts to students in a fun, game-like format. It focuses on the major concepts such as loops and conditionals, but the students use Blockly to write code, so they don't have to worry about the details of the coding language, which can frustrate beginners. The site also has great video tutorials, tons of support for teachers, and even a translate widget so that ENL students can participate with ease. The only con, in my opinion, is that students can complete all the courses without actually ever learning a specific coding language.