Teacher Review For Mozilla Thimble

Thimble is my favorite code site for learning how to experience the web!

Rafranz D.
School district administrator
Lufkin ISD
Lufkin, TX
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Math
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Start with a project that someone else has created and learn. Then create something using Thimble, share it and teach someone else. What didn't work was that it did seem a bit tough to create from scratch when knowledge wasn't there so having kids do multiple projects or even learn through code academy was good before they could create using Thimble. It's a great platform either way.
My Take
I loved the entire collection of Mozilla tools starting with teach.mozilla.org because it doesn't only focus on coding, which is text based javascript, but focuses on learning how the web works and being cognizant of important things like copyright. I love that it is self-guided and is about creating something that can be recreated. Again, for beginners, I do recommend tackling several projects before jumping in blindly but I do recommend eventually jumping in as Thimble has proved that doing so is the most effective way to learn.