The Kindergarteners started the New Year Coding with Kodable. Kodable has always been one of my favorite iPad Apps for the younger ones and I was thrilled to see the web based version. It was easy to create accounts for the Kinders. I put the direct link on our Tech wiki, and the Kinders were able to quickly log in by clicking on the link and finding their name. Having the students log in allows me to keep track of their progress. The students figured out what to do pretty quickly and were also happy to help each other. They enjoyed writing the program by dragging arrows to the correct box to help the Fuzz Family get through the maze and collect the coins. It was fun to see how engaged they all were and to see the students problem solving. Some of the sequences look pretty complicated and I was impressed at how quickly they figured them out.
Kodable begins with simple sequencing activities and as the students progress through the levels, they will encounter loops, conditions, functions and more, all presented in an easy to understand way, explained through visuals. The idea of de-bugging is integral to Kodable, as the students often need to figure out what they did wrong, to make it right. Kodable is fun, engaging, and requires students to critically think, problem solve, predict, so much more.
I teach technology to grades Preschool through 8th grade in the mornings, and 2nd grade math, science and religion in the afternoon.I love to share the ways we utilize technology to enhance our learning.