Teacher Review For Tynker

Fun and engaging way to teach coding

Sachelle D.
Digital Learning and Teaching Facilitator
Carolina Forest Elementary School
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use this website to help teach my students coding. I assign them a few modules to work on, and when they finish with their assignments, they are then allowed to do different modules listed under "Hour of Code". After we have practiced and played for a couple of days on Tynker, I assign students specific games they need to program that perform specific actions. I will typically walk the students through one session of coding, like how to get your actor to move up when you hit the up key, and after that, my students will usually run with it. I always circulate around the room to help students.
My Take
I think this teaching tool is great! It allows students to code at their own pace and my students always have a lot of fun using it. You are limited to the lessons you can assign, It only comes with the basic free lessons. If you buy the classroom account for $299, you can get 12 lessons for 1 grade. A district/school account costs $2,000 and you can add multiple grade and over 100 lessons. Overall, a great tool for beginning coders.