Teacher Review for Codesters

Excellent introduction to coding.

Deborah G.
Classroom teacher
IS 125 Q Thomas McCann
Woodside, NY
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Science
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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have used this program to teach the basics of coding, specifically with the python programming language. I also use it to incorporate my science curriculum by having the students use the "create" project to produce a story that is relevant to the content we are studying. For example we discussed cyber bullying and they created an interactive story about students discussing cyber bullying. What didn't work was that some students put in minimal effort just to finish the project, and because of time constraints we couldn't spend longer improving the project.
My Take
I really liked that it was text based as opposed to the block dragging code offered by other programs. It was like coding with training wheels because they had to learn to "debug" and think about program flow. I really liked that it has the graphical library that allows the students to easily build and visualize abstract code.