Teacher Review For Tynker

Excellent way to teach outside-the-box logic and problem solving!

Aubrey B.
Technology coordinator
Horizon Elementary School
Kent, WA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Tynker to introduce my students to basic programming skills. After they had a general understanding of the site and how the coding blocks work, I assigned them a task. Their assignment was to create an animation based on a scene from one of the three "Mouse and the Motorcycle" books. The animation needed to include at least three "actors", each actor needed at least three "actions", and it needed at least one scene. Advanced students were able to go above and beyond the requirements, creating games rather than animations. The site is very visual, and blocks are color coded. This was very helpful for ELL students. They could choose a block and watch it in action, rather than just reading it.
My Take
Overall, this product is a wonderful way to introduce programming and logic skills. It can challenge students of every age and ability level. I do recommend that when first using Tynker you have students work in small groups and/or pairs. Encourage creativity, peer support, and independent thought!