NEW Learning Guides – All about kids coding concepts.

The school year is underway, and we love hearing from both teachers and parents about how excited they are to teach kids coding. We’ve also heard from you that it can be difficult to fully support learners if you aren’t exactly sure what kids coding concepts to cover. We always strive to make Kodable as easy to use as possible for educators in a child’s life, so you asked for more support, and we listened. 

We are thrilled to share three brand new Kodable Learning Guides designed to walk you through the world of Kodable! Each guide offers a comprehensive look at everything you could possibly need to know about what children are learning in Smeeborg, Asteroidia, and Bug World.

What you’ll find in each Learning Guide

We realize in order to teach kids coding with Kodable you need to know how the concepts work, as well as the important vocabulary, how each concept is taught in Kodable, and what kids will see. Each guide has several parts covering these aspects of teaching kids coding.

Overviews of each coding concept

Unit Vocabulary

Kid (and teacher) friendly examples connected to the real world

A break down of each concept used in real JavaScript

How the concepts are applied on-screen in Kodable

The learning outcomes you can expect from kids coding with Kodable

Our goal is to help you feel confident and capable teaching kids coding concepts to young learners in your life, no prior computer science knowledge required!

Curious what you will learn about in each guide? Check them out!

Welcome to Bug World!

Defeat the Slimes in our advanced levels recommended for grades 4 – 5. See code in real JavaScript, no blocks here! View this guide to learn about:

  • Object-oriented programming
  • Classes
  • Properties
  • Functions

View the Bug World Guide

Welcome to Asteroidia!

Clear the asteroids in our intermediate levels recommended for grades 2 – 5. View this guide to learn about:

  • String variables
  • Integer variables
  • Array variables

View the Asteroidia Guide

Welcome to Smeeborg!

Navigate the mazes in our beginner levels recommended for all grades. View this guide to learn about:

  • Sequence
  • Conditions
  • Loops
  • Functions

View the Smeeborg Guide

Parents, See What Your Kids Are Learning

We’ve been overwhelmed with positive feedback since launching Kodable for Parents in November. Our team has been hard at work making lots of exciting updates to the game, for your kids.

Today parents, you get an update! We’ve added progress tracking to your parent dashboard!

Now, you can see everything your little ones are learning – at home and at school!

Log in to your parent dashboard at kodable.com or by clicking the “Progress Dashboard” button on the game website.

You can track their progress on each programming concept

If your child is linked with their school account, you can see an overview of their progress in each concept at home and at school. They have access to different levels at school than they do at home.

View progress for each level in a concept

Each concept will include a list of levels in that unit. There you can see how many are left to complete and how your child is doing on a concept.

See areas where they need a little help

In this example, Ada Lovelace is struggling a bit with conditions. You can tell, because Kodable highlighted some of the levels in orange. You can also see she got less than three stars on two of the levels.

Click on a level to see a detailed view of what your child did on that level.

Kodable stars are laid out to encourage kids to use new concepts when they’re introduced. In the above example, Ada solved the maze without using a condition to collect her third star.

When your child gets fewer than three stars, it indicates they are not using the concept correctly and may need a little help. You can go back and review the levels with them.

Explore what your child is learning in Kodable

Use the Learning Guide to see more about each area of Kodable and what your child is learning. Get it below or on your parent dashboard.

Celebrate their learning with custom creations

Select the creations tab from the navigation on the left side of your screen to see all the fuzzes and mazes your kids have created! View the code they wrote and print it out to post on your fridge!

4 Ways to Communicate with Parents

Parents want their child to learn skills that will benefit their future. Learning to code is something 9 out of 10 parents say they want their child to learn about, but many parents are unsure how to support and encourage their child’s interest in CS and STEM. As a teacher you do your best to share what your students are learning with their families. We put together four resources to help you communicate with parents about what their child will be learning this school year.

Let parents view progress in Kodable

Use Kodable Code Cards to let parents see their child’s coding progress. Parents can login to their parent dashboard and view all their child’s progress at school.

Parents can track how their child is mastering new concepts.

They can also view all their child’s custom creations.

If parents decide to purchase Kodable for Parents to let their child play Kodable at home, they can see both school progress and home progress.

Learn all about Code Cards here.

Send home parent handouts

Help your classes’ parents understand what their child will learn this year. Communicate with parents about why computer science is so important for their child’s future. Download this handout to share with your class and keep them informed.

Use Back to School Night to talk to Parents

Parents look to their child’s teacher for guidance on how to help their child succeed academically. We created this short (5 minutes or less) presentation for you to communicate with parents what you’ll be covering this year. Help them understand why coding is important and how they can encourage their child.

Share students’ creations with their parents

Parents love seeing their child’s creativity and originality. They miss out on so much while their kids are away at school. You can print student creations from your teacher dashboard and send them home with students so their parents can see their child’s fabulous designs and creations.

Go to your class page, and click on student creations to download and print designs for each student.

4 Tips to Encourage Summer Programming

The school year is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to. Kids who continue learning through the summer see learning benefits for up to two years afterward. You can help your students continue to grow as learners by encouraging them to continue programming at home. Here are a few quick and easy tips!

1. Send home Kodable log in details for parents.

Parents will be looking for educational programs to keep their kiddos occupied this summer. You can easily print log in instructions for all your students and send home instructions for parents to facilitate more programming!

2. Start a Summer Coding Challenge

Challenge your students to set their own learning goal for the summer! Students will share something they learned this year and something they want to learn over the summer. They will set a goal for the number of programs they want to write and can even track their progress to share with their friends next year!

3. Celebrate a year of learning with certificates for students

Recognize your students’ achievements with a certificate they can take home. Proud learners love showing off their skills! Encourage them to keep learning with positive reinforcement.

4. Open next year’s concepts for early practice.

Get students excited for next school year by letting them explore the concepts they’ll be learning next year. You can easily adjust the grade level on your classes, so they’ll have access to the next set of units without moving too far ahead. Early access will give them a point of reference when you’re teaching the concepts next year!

Keep up all the great work and enjoy a fun and well earned summer vacation!

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