Teacher Review For Code.org

Engaging Intro to Computer Coding

LESLIE H.
Other
J.W. Alvey Elementary School
Haymarket, VA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
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
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
All students 2nd-5th at my school have used Code.org during the Hour of Code. It serves as a great intro to coding. Each year, there are more and more activities on the website. The media tie-ins (Star Wars, Angry Birds, Minecraft, and many more) draw the kids to the activities. Students can filter by age and coding experience to find activities that meet their level. With headphones, students can listen to video instructions on some of the beginner level activities. Our after-school Tech Club members were all given accounts at Code.org and were assigned the twenty module course to learn coding more in-depth. The modules start at beginning basic level and add more coding content as students progress. The students became very proficient at block programming after completing the course. The teacher could see how students were progressing on the teacher page.
My Take
I think that Code.org is a great tool for teaching computer coding/programming to elementary students. The students are very engaged. It helps them develop problem solving and critical thinking skills because they do not always get the puzzle correct, and have to figure out how to solve the problem.