Teacher Review for Code.org

Great tool for all ages and ability levels!

Conor M.
Classroom teacher
Kobuk School
Kobuk, United States
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I began using this as a way to teach a computer science unit with my middle school class (7th/8th grade). It was easy to create accounts for all my students and get them all into one class. I assigned them an introductory course and I make them complete one lesson a day. The classes are informative and good for a range of learning abilities. But besides the actual course curriculum, there are tons of free games and activities all geared towards improving coding skills. The code for an hour activities have been great for my more advanced students to tackle once they finish other work! They are fun and I am down for anything educational that my students can be enthusiastic about! The only downside to some of the activities and games is that you might not be able to help students along with it unless you do some front loading and attempt yourself prior. You will definitely need to play around and get use to navigating the site but it is totally worth it!
My Take
Overall, I feel this is a great free resource for teachers to get students excited about computer science! The future workforce will need more people trained in coding and it doesn't hurt to start young!