Kodable Quick Guide

Next in our quick guide series is another great platform for introducing students to computational thinking through problem solving in a programming environment: Kodable. Like previous choice code.org, Kodable makes learning to code fun and engaging though a range of activity types and levels. Let’s take a look at some of the activities and resources you can find on the website.

What is Kodable.com?

In their own words, ‘Kodable.com is a platform designed to introduce coding to kids in a fun and engaging way. It’s been used in over 50% of US elementary schools and has engaged millions of kids with its set of games that teach the basics of coding, logical thinking, and more. The platform is designed to build a foundation for your child’s future, fostering creativity and critical thinking.’

The FuzzFamily: Coding Companions

One of the more unique features of Kodable.com is the FuzzFamily, a group of characters that accompany students throughout their coding journey. These characters, including blueFuzz, shaggyFuzz, and prismFuzz, are intended to make the learning process more enjoyable and less intimidating, by serving as companions that guide and encourage children as they navigate through their code-based learning journeys.

Engaging Games

Kodable.com offers a variety of engaging and age-appropriate games. These are designed to teach core programming concepts and require learners to use their programming knowledge and computational thinking skills to solve problems.

Creative Activities

In addition to the games, Kodable.com also offers a range of creative interactive activities that allow kids to apply their coding skills in a more open-ended way. These activities encourage kids to think creatively and critically, skills that are essential for coding and other areas of learning.

Used at Home and in Class

Kodable.com used in many countries as both a classroom tool but also at home as a fun and productive activity by parents. There is a range of research referenced on their website to explain how the activities have been designed in research-backed ways to ensure the pedagogy is sound. Both parent and school subscriptions are available, which we will discuss later.

Kodable in the Classroom

As a primary teacher, you might be wondering how Kodable.com can benefit your classroom. Here are some reasons why you should consider incorporating it into your curriculum:

Engaging Learning Experience: The games and activities on Kodable.com are designed to be fun and engaging, which can motivate students to learn. The colourful graphics, friendly characters, and interactive challenges can make coding more appealing to young learners.

Develops Critical Thinking Skills: Coding requires logical thinking and problem-solving skills. The games and activities on Kodable.com challenge students to think critically and solve problems, which can enhance their overall cognitive development.

Prepares Students for the Future: Coding is a valuable skill in the digital age. By introducing students to coding at a young age, you’re preparing them for a future where digital literacy will be crucial.

Easy to Use: Kodable.com is designed to be user-friendly, making it easy for teachers and students to navigate. The platform also provides support and resources for teachers, making it easier to integrate coding into the classroom.

Inclusive Learning: Kodable.com is designed to be accessible and inclusive. It can be used by students of all abilities, making it a great tool for inclusive classrooms.

Resources: Kodable provide a range of planning and material to accompany their activities.

Platforms

Kodable is primarily delivered as a website, but can also be installed as an iPhone and iPad app. Register via the website for both parent or educator access, and then login to either version from then onwards.

Cost

They have a range of paid subscription plans, but the free Kickstarter package is a great way to see the range of the product, how their planning and classroom materials support it, and how you might use it. Schools can subscribe at three levels, paying an annual cost, largely based on student numbers. Parents can pay a monthly, annual or lifetime subscription, with discounts for each level of commitment.

In Brief

Kodable’s coverage of the curriculum is as you would expect, and definitely offers something fun for home use as well.  I have found that while I have alternative schemes and resources to deliver the bulk of the curriculum, Kodable has been useful to give additional breadth for some students, deliver a lunchtime or after school club so as to avoid repeating classroom content. For learners that want to go on to do more at home this has also proven a useful resource to share to families who are interested.. Have you used Kodable already? Let me know in the comments or on social your experiences as well.


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