Coding is becoming an emerging technology and Kodable Pro, by SurfScore, is ready to take the app world by spaceship with lessons on how to code. Upon entering the app, you will select I am an adult or I am a kid. Upon entering the adult section, it further divides into teachers and parents. Teachers enter their email and receive curriculum ideas, vocabulary, teacher guides and resources. The teacher guides are very detailed and can be saved and printed. There are several settings which allow a guided access tutorial and a fuzzFamily friendly game to introduce programming. An exciting feature that will be available soon is progress tracking, which teachers will love.
Looking the curriculum guide, there is a unique story behind the Kodables that is sure to capture kids’ attention. In the game of Smeeborg, sequence is the first step in understanding coding. The cute and fuzzy Kodables need to find their way home. Students choose the order of the directions that the Kodable must travel to reach the end of the maze. The mazes become progressively more difficult and require more directions. Color squares are added for turning directions. After a number of successful mazes and earning coins, new cute Kodables from the FuzzFamily are unlocked.
In Function Junction, students learn how to perform tasks that will tell the computer how to run. It takes what students have learned in Smeeborg and creates directions together to form a “function.” It is very helpful to play these games in order to get the most out of this creative app.
The third game available is Bugs Below. Now that students know how a code works, they have to find out why the program does not work and either squish or avoid the bug. Tutorials at the beginning of each game are very helpful in making this app fun and one that kids will want to continue. Students will learn to code quickly without even realize they are coding.
Fuzzyfun includes a matching and spelling game. The spelling offers an endless and a timed spelling option. Both of these emphasize coding vocabulary. Jump in the spaceship and follow the Kodables. The App store offers a free version of Kodable as well.
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Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad. Visit Ann at iPadBrainology and on twitter @ipadbrainolgy