Teacher Review For Tynker

Another fun way to get kids coding!

Kelly S.
Classroom teacher
Boone Trail Elementary School
Wentzville, MO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used this website as part of my Hour of Code unit. I didn't set up a classroom or track student progress- they were given the freedom to explore any of the free games. My K-1 students really enjoy the Puppy Adventure game for its cute graphics and simplicity, but the text is heavy and there aren't a lot of helpful directions as they progress. Older students enjoyed other games available, but many failed to read directions and tips and became easily lost. They were also disappointed that all of the games were not available. It was also a bit misleading to some students to have both sections of games (younger and older) on the same front page, since they could see the picture of a fun game, but it was too difficult for them to play successfully.
My Take
I liked using the free tools as part of my code unit. I wouldn't want to use it alone, though. The interface and programming language are similar to other block-coding games, so students will pick that up quickly. As a teacher, play the games ahead of time so that you can help students troubleshoot when they find difficult levels or forget to read the directions. My students also had trouble getting this page to load in Internet Explorer. It worked perfectly in Chrome.