Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teach Kindergarten Students to Code with Kodable

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kodable/id577673067?mt=8

Kodable is a nifty little application that gives students that can't even read the ability to put those wonderful minds to work creating code.   This program works by using symbols to complete puzzle style problems.  If you are able to build a program that can complete the problem, you get to move on.  Subsequently as you move on you are introduced to more and more complex skills.

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I think this is a great app that could be utilized by K-2 in order to hit the fundamentals of logic and computer coding.  By explaining what the symbols are doing, and why it is important to organize them the way the game recommends  you are helping students problem solve and become creative critical thinkers.   I hope you give it a shot and let me know what you think.

On the Kodable website http://www.surfscore.com/, you will also discover that there is some curriculum coming out soon.  I cannot wait to see it, as I am sure it will be a huge help to teachers everywhere.

Why I like it:

Easy to use game style education tool that teaches a complex subject to students with no experience.  It is just plain fun!

How you could use it:

This program could be utilized by teachers in a number of ways.  It teaches many computer skills like system interface, problem solving, and logic.  The clever instructor could utilize this tool in many different ways.  It would even be a great game for those indoor recess times throughout the year.  A great way to let your student spend some time.

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