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. 🙂

 

#KidsCanCode Chat: Educator Identity

Educator Identity

We all come from different educational backgrounds, teach many subjects, and have varying responsibilities–but we do have one thing in common. We all teach CS/programming! Let’s chat about our roles as CS educators.

Chat Questions:

Q1: PART A: What subject do you teach? Classroom/homeroom teacher, special area, CS, core subject? #KidsCanCode

Q1: PART B: What is your educational background? #KidsCanCode

Q2: PART A: How much of your responsibilities consist of programming education? #KidsCanCode

Q2: PART B: Is coding part of your lesson plans, or something you added because you wanted to? #KidsCanCode

Q3: PART A: Why is it important for students to learn to code? #KidsCanCode

Q3: PART B: How would you define your role as a CS educator? #KidsCanCode

Q4: How do you define success as a CS educator? #KidsCanCode

Q5: Where do you go for your PD? How do you connect and/or collaborate with other educators? #KidsCanCode

Join us next Tuesday at 8pm for #KidsCanCode Education Chat! 

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!

 

 

#KidsCanCode Chat: Connecting Classrooms with Coding

Connecting Classrooms with Coding
In this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat we are joined by @flatfuzzproject to talk about Connecting Classrooms with Coding! Why is it important to connect students with other classrooms and share coding stories? How have you connected your classroom with other programmers locally and globally? We chat about all this and more:
  • Q1: Why is it important to connect students with other classrooms and share coding stories? #KidsCanCode
  • Q2: How have you connected virtually with other classrooms and shared your programming stories? #KidsCanCode
  • Q3: How have you shared coding activities within your own building? #KidsCanCode
  • Q4: How can you make connecting with other classrooms a regular activity? #KidsCanCode
  • Q5: How do you connect coding activities to local or global issues? #KidsCanCode
  • Q6: Is it important to connect with the same grade level as your class? If not, what age/grade range works best? #KidsCanCode
Don’t forget to sign up for the Flat Fuzz Project to start sharing your coding stories!
Sign up for the flat fuzz project
Join us Tuesdays 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat 🙂  

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 🙂

Migrating from Kodable Class to Kodable Webinar

Kodable Class Migration Webinar

Did you miss our migration webinar? Do you still have questions about the Kodable Class to Kodable migration? Watch our migration webinar in its entirety below!

Still have questions?

Take a look at our Migration Guide or read through our Migration FAQ.  And as always, feel free to contact us at support@kodable.com.

 

 

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!

Kodable Class is Now Just…Kodable!

Kodable: Programming Curriculum for Kids

Kodable was founded to make programming accessible to everyone. We want more kids learning to code by making it a fun and inviting experience. To ensure we are meeting that goal, we constantly seek and listen to feedback from you, our users.  After listening to your suggestions over the past several months and with a web version of Kodable on the horizon, we have decided to retire Kodable Class from the App Store, and migrate the features to Kodable. Streamlining all of Kodable into one great app that EVERYONE can use.

As we prepare to release Kodable on Web, Android, etc, having one app will make more sense and make things consistent for students no matter where they choose to access Kodable.

Starting November 28th, Kodable Class will no longer be available in the App Store, and ALL Kodable Class subscribers, including those on School Plans, will need to migrate to the Kodable App.  All of your info will migrate just by entering your class codes or following the migration instructions, so you don’t need to worry about losing it.

Join us for a Migration Webinar November 19th. 

To ensure a smooth transition, we’re hosting a short webinar on November 19th at 10am PST. See what time that is for you, here. We’ll walk through the steps for migrating to Kodable, and answer any questions you have about the process. If you can’t make it, check back here for a recording.

To migrate in under 5 minutes take a look at our migration guide here! 

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What does this mean for you? 

If you are using Kodable, not Kodable Class or Kodable Pro: Nothing will change!

If you are using Kodable Class with a Class account: When you have time over the next couple months you should install Kodable on your iPads instead of Kodable Class. You’ll only need one app from that point on! 🙂  All of your info will migrate just by entering your class codes, so you don’t need to worry about losing it.

If you are using Kodable Pro without a Class account: We’ve submitted a final update that will have all the migration information in it. It will be available as soon as Apple approves it. All of your info will migrate just by following the migration instructions, so you don’t need to worry about losing it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens after Kodable Class is removed from the App Store on the 28th?

A: If you have Kodable Class on your iPad, it will NOT be removed from the device. However, you will no longer receive future updates to Kodable, and the Kodable Class app will not get future content. Furthermore, if the app is deleted from your device, you will not be able to download it again.

Q: I really like Kodable Class! Why do I need to switch?

A: As we add a web version, Android version etc, Kodable will need to offer students and educators one, consistent learning experience. The features of Kodable Class are NOT going away, they are simply being integrated into Kodable, so you only need one app, with a simple, streamlined experience.

Q: How do I transfer my students who aren’t in a class, but have a profile on the iPad only?

A: It is very easy! Please see our migration guide here.

Q: I am a Kodable Pro user, what happens for me?

A: You can easily transfer your progress and keep all of the levels. See page 2 of the Migration Guide.

Q: I don’t want to download another app, do I have to?

A: No, you can continue using Kodable Class as before. However, you will NOT receive any future updates after the 28th of November, and you will NOT receive any future content that comes with them. Furthermore, if the app is deleted from your iPad, you will NOT be able to download it again, and will need to get Kodable.

Q: I have a lot of iPads, I can’t get around to updating them before the 28th! Help!

A: If you cannot update by the 28th, don’t worry, the app will still work on your iPads as before. However, you should update as soon as possible to ensure you get future updates and content. .

Q: Can someone from Kodable help me?

A: We will be hosting a quick webinar on November 19th to explain the entire migration process in detail and answer questions. Even if you can’t make it on the 19th, it will be recorded so you can watch it whenever it’s convenient. Check back here for the recording.

Q: What do I do if I created a class, but also have students who aren’t in a class that I want to transfer?

A. To transfer your class, you just need to enter your class code on Kodable like you did in Kodable Class. To transfer the students who aren’t in a class follow directions on page 2 of the Migration Guide.

If you have specific questions, feel free to email us at support@kodable.com

Kodable Life Hacks: Create a Fuzz!

Make sure to have fun with your coding curriculum

This Halloween Week, we have had a TON of requests from teachers/students looking to create and design their own Fuzzes.  What better way to get into the spirit of Halloween/Coding than creating your own Kodable Fuzz?!

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Create a Kodable Fuzz!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Grechen’s tutorial: 4 Ways to Make a Kodable Fuzz

Also, thanks to Jen Gilbert (@msgilbertrocks), we have a brand new Fuzz design with easy directions for you to follow! Here are Jen’s detailed instructions which she shared with us:

Do you have any Fuzz designs or directions that we should have included? Let us know so we can share! Happy Fuzz Making! 🙂

Create a new Kodable Fuzz!