Teacher Review for Tynker

Engaging graphics and story lines get kids programming

Meg K.
Technology Specialist
Capitol Hill Magnet School
St. Paul, MN
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
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
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Tynker during the Week of Code. Students are given puzzles within a storyline. The series of puzzles introduce new coding features such as the repeat command. My students love the brightly-colored graphics. The hints and help boxes are text heavy; some students need to be encouraged to read these to get the most out of the challenges. I often pair students, especially those in grades 2 and 3.
My Take
I like that fact that Tynker offers some of their products for free. No accounts are needed. Students have options to solve puzzles and create artwork. Students get a valuable easily-accessible view into how coding works with drag and drop command blocks.