Kodable iOS Update FAQ

Kodable iOS Update FAQ

If you recently updated Kodable on your iPad, you might have noticed that Kodable looks…a little…different. You’re right!

We have spent the last month improving our iOS version of Kodable, and are now happy to present to you the latest changes to Kodable on the iPad. If you haven’t seen these improvements, be sure to update to the latest version of Kodable on your iPad. You may have a few questions after seeing our latest update, so we have put together a short FAQ below to help you get acclimated to the new version of Kodable. 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why did you change the menu?

Kodable is a modular, comprehensive curriculum, and we wanted our game interface to reflect that. Now, you can seamlessly transition from concept learning guides, to screen-free activities, to in-game lessons, to vocabulary workshops.

How does this new menu teach programming?

Each programming concept we teach is separated into units. Units are now scaffolded into multiple easy-to-digest lesson collections in Kodable. We have seen this boosts learning outcomes and saves teachers time in lesson planning.

Concepts in Kodable

How do I navigate the new menu screen? 

The new menu screen is ordered by concept and each concept is indicated with it’s assigned command in Kodable. An arrow indicates Sequence, a colored tile Conditions, rotating arrows Loops, and brackets symbolize Functions.

Did I lose my student’s progress?

No! All of your student’s progress has been saved, but the order of some of our lessons has been changed slightly. To help with this transition, we’ve included this ‘lesson migration reference’.

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How does this work with the new dashboard?

The curriculum tab on your dashboard now directly matches what students will see on their devices. Each concept in your curriculum tab matches a ‘section’ of the Kodable world. Each unit inside that concept is matched with a collection of lessons in that concept. As students complete lessons, you will see their progress reflected on your class dashboard. You can also be confident that the lessons in the game will directly correlate with the activities, learning guides, and vocabulary lessons we provide for that unit.

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The names in the game don’t match the names on my dashboard!

We’ve found that kids don’t always get excited for games with titles like ‘Sequence Unit 1,’ So we’ve included fun, exciting names for kids that will boost engagement. You can always see the name of the unit that kids will be attempting by going to the curriculum tab and expanding the corresponding unit.

Parent Teacher Portal No Longer Available

Where is the parent teacher portal? 

Due to transitioning to the new Teacher Dashboard, we have temporarily removed the Parent Teacher Portal from the iOS version of Kodable. Let us know what your thoughts are on the PTP by emailing neal@kodable.com

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Where is Bugs Below? 

Bugs Below and debugging concepts are now contained within Sequence, Conditions, Loops, and Functions concepts. After careful consideration, we believe young students should begin developing debugging skills and start practicing these techniques with every concept.

More Questions? 

If you have any further questions about our new iOS version, feel free to comment on this post or reach out and contact us below. 🙂

 

The Kodable Road Tour Starts Now

The Kodable Road Tour

The time for the Kodable Road Tour has finally come! As of this very moment we are putting the finishing touches on our packing, and preparing to embark on our journey to teach programming to schools all across the country.

Here are some quick stats for the Kodable Road Tour:

  • Traveling for 21 days
  • Visiting 15 states
  • Journeying a total of 7,967 miles
  • Holding workshops at 30 schools
  • Working with close to 1,500 students
  • Eating a year’s worth of fast food

Where in the world is Kodable?

Start: Sunnyvale, CA

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Destination: Baltimore, MD

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog, as we will keep you up-to-date on our progress and recount our experience at each school we visit. We will also be sharing our stories via Twitter and Facebook.

Finally, don’t forget to order Kodable gear along the way! Check out our awesome Kodable Road Trip T-Shirts.

Kodable Road Trip T-Shirts

#KidsCanCode: Random Coding Questions Chat

#KidsCanCode Random Questions Chat

It’s time again for another Random Questions Chat! This time around, we answer everyone’s most pressing questions including:

  • Q1: What is your ideal setup for collaborative coding look like in elementary?
  • Q2: What are your favorite coding projects for Ss to engage and excite them?
  • Q3: Where is the easiest/simplest place to start with kinder Ss?
  • Q4: How much learning vs. how much exploring in our second year of coding club?
  • Q5: What are the best hands-on products to use in teaching coding?
  • Q6: How much coding should one know before introducing it to their students?
  • Q7: Has anyone ever used Legos EV3 robotics?

Chat with us every Tuesday at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat! Next week: Funding My Coding Dreams

#KidsCanCode Chat: BEYOND the Hour Of Code

Going BEYOND the Hour of Code
The Hour of Code was nothing short of amazing, but where do we go from here? How can we continue coding? What resources should we still use? Let’s chat!

Join us for #KidsCanCode Chat every Tuesday at 8pm EST! 

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Hour Of Code!

It's not too late to join the Hour of Code with Kodable

The Hour of Code is less than week away! Huzzah!

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.  And if you are just learning about the Hour of Code now, it is still not too late to join!

Everything You Need To Join the Hour of Code

Get Kodable for FREE and Start Today!

10 Things You Can Do In An Hour

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

Looking for something to do for an hour? We have put our heads together and come up with a list of 10 great activities you can try!

1. Watch 1/3 of The Hobbit

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2. Listen to 16 covers of Shake It Off

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3. Get your photos developed

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4. Post an awesome Facebook status

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5. Watch all of the Likes roll in

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6. Participate in a Twitter Chat

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7. Get a six pack

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8. Call your mom

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9. Troubleshoot the WiFi network

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10. Participate in the Hour of Code!

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Learn how to join us for the Hour of Code!

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How to Join the Hour Of Code with Kodable

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

The Hour of Code is almost here, and guess what?! You can learn the basics of programming with Kodable!

Follow these 5 simple steps to get your students started coding with Kodable!

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

1. Download Kodable for FREE in the App Store

Download Kodable in the App Store

2. Watch Our Hour of Code Playlist

3. Play an unplugged activity

Introduce your students to coding basics with our fuzzFamily Frenzy unplugged activity!

Use fuzzFamilyfrenzy to help students connect programming to the real-world

4. Track student progress

If you would like to track student progress or share iPads, sign up for a FREE Kodable Teacher Account to manage your class.

Sign Up for a Free Teacher Account

5. Learn to code and have fun!

If this is your first time coding with your students, don’t let it be the last!

Make sure to have fun with your coding curriculum

Looking for more Hour Of Code? Check out our Hour of Code with Kodable page 🙂

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

This was originally posted on the Kodable Blog on December 5th, 2014. Learn some of the basics of programming for FREE in only an hour by helping the fuzzFamily navigate the Technomazes on the planet Smeeborg! blog4img1

No experience needed.

Kodable is completely self-guided. Kids five and up can enjoy playing Kodable on their own, with a friend or with an adult’s help. Kodable for iPad (free) Kodable Unplugged How it works Kodable is an iPad game that introduces kids to programming concepts in a fun and inviting way. Kids must drag and drop commands to program their Fuzz to complete each maze they encounter. Each new concept is introduced with a guided tutorial.

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No iPad? No problem!

We’re excited to offer students without an iPad the option to learn programming basics “unplugged”! The fuzzFamily Frenzy is an exciting game where kids must program a partner (their robot) to complete a simple obstacle course. Check it out! If you’re curious how to use this with your class, you can read one teacher’s example here!

What is Hour of Code?

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The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by CSEdWeek and code.org to introduce computer programming to 10 million students and encourage them to learn programming. Kodable is proud to be a curriculum provider for the Hour of Code on the iPad and “unplugged.”

Why choose Kodable to learn to code?

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Kodable is the first step in learning to code. Students are guided through new concepts in a fun and familiar way. They are introduced to sequence, conditions, loops, and programming logic in the first 30 levels. These are concepts used in every programming language. Learning the fundamentals first makes it easy to learn more advanced platforms like Scratch later.

Kodable offers resources for teachers and parents.

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We include the Kodable Learning Guides that are your guide to teaching with Kodable. In the Kodable Learning guides we explain the concepts your kids are learning and how they fit into programming. We also include activity ideas, explanations of how to play the game, and an answer key! See one here

See the original post here: http://www.kodable.com/2013/12/05/join-the-hour-of-code-with-kodable.html