New Kodable Dashboard is Live

Exciting news from Kodable HQ! After finishing up some major updates to Kodable Web, we are ready to release our new Teacher Dashboard! As of this moment, our new Teacher Dashboard is live and available for Public Beta in your Kodable Teacher Account.

To start using the new Kodable Dashboard, follow these instructions:

1. Visit Kodable.com

2. Log into your Teacher Account

3. Click on link in the header to try the new dashboard!

Kodable Dashboard Public Beta

4. Presto! Welcome to your new Teacher Dashboard!

Kodable Dashboard is ready to use

What’s new on the Teacher Dashboard?

Our new Kodable Teacher Dashboard is loaded with a ton of new features to help you with get the most out of your Kodable Curriculum.

View CCSS Standards in Progress and Completed

You can complete many CCSS standards using Kodable. Take a look at what standards your students are working on, and which ones they have completed.

CCSS Standards in progress and completed

View Lessons Completed

Quickly glance at your class’ progress and see what lessons they have yet to complete.

Quickly view your progress

Manage Administrator Access

Kodable School account holders can now easily manage their school’s Teacher Accounts from a single page.

Manage your teacher accounts as an administrator

View Assignments and Curriculum Resources

Introducing the new Kodable Curriculum! Learn Sequence, Conditions, Loops, Functions, and Debugging using Kodable’s learning guides, unplugged activities, video tutorials, and lessons.

Assignments Tab in Kodable

View and Edit all of your students

Quickly view and edit all of your students in every class from a single page.

View All Students and make bulk changes

 Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

 

 

Kodable Life Hacks: Accessing the #KidsCanCode Chat Archive

Tips and tricks to improve your Kodable Programming Curriculum

Did you miss a #KidsCanCode Chat? Do you have a question that you think we may have answered in one of our #KidsCanCode Chats? Well, I have great news for you…we have an entire archive of our past chats! And they are now super easy to find!

Our #KidsCanCode Chat Archive

Skim through some of our previous chats for resources, or check out/contribute to the #KidsCanCode Community Google Doc!

Don’t forget to join us every Tuesday at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode!

#KidsCanCode News: Using Classroom Tech Effectively

Join us for KidsCanCode every Tuesday

A BYOT plan can be challenging.  However, Michael Mills outlines some essential ideas for successfully using the power of technology for learning, regardless of your school’s budget. (via MindShift)

Kids using the ipad using a BYOD plan

 

Instead of traditional activities at camp this summer, these young Girl Scouts designed and constructed a cabin for their entire staff. (via CBS13 Sacramento)

 

Sam Patterson has never met a teacher who began teaching because of what they didn’t know.  Experienced in English, rhetoric, and poetry, Sam is now a K-5 technology teacher that encourages us to put aside our fears, and reframe technology as a medium. (via My Paperless Classroom)

2 myths about programming in primary 

Offering “pay what you want” enrollment and utilizing a BYOT plan, Digital Harbor has been able to offer young students the opportunity to become active producers of technology this summer. (via Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

This year, Great Britain begins its mandatory programming curriculum.  What does this mean for coding in the United States?  Christopher Mims explores how established and available online curriculums can effectively serve both teachers and students. (via Wall Street Journal: Digits)

girlswhocode is a program that steers high schoolers towards programming

 

Interested in learning more about programming in the classroom?  Join us on Tuesdays at 8pm EST for our #KidsCanCode Twitter Chat!

 

#KidsCanCode News: Students & STEM

Join us for KidsCanCode every Tuesday

After a bad perm that left her with thinning hair at the age of 11, Jasmine created her own successful line of all-natural hair products, and has discovered a love of computer science and robotics.  (via Huffington Post)

There are many obstacles facing students and teachers striving for programming education.  Read how these students and teachers are refusing to wait for systematic changes, and are moving towards grassroots development.  (via San Jose Mercury News)

As computer science becomes more available and prevalent to students, both kids and their parents are seeing programming as a beneficial skill and talent, as well as an excellent career option.  (via Los Angeles Times)

After participating in the Engineering Fair, Amber Barron realized that the best way for her to help her fellow students through the same process was to develop her own curriculum.  (via Huffington Post & KUTV2 News)

Ever wonder how Lean Startup methods can be applied to education?  Steve Blank outlines how this is not only possible, but necessary.  (via Huffington Post)

Lean Startup and Education

Want More #KidsCanCode?

Join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST for our weekly #KidsCanCode Twitter Chat!

 

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