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. ūüôā

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‚Äôs progress has been saved, but the order of some of our lessons has been changed slightly. To help with this transition, we‚Äôve included this ‚Äėlesson migration reference‚Äô.

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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 ‚Äėsection‚Äô 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‚Äôve found that kids don‚Äôt always get excited for games with titles like ‚ÄėSequence Unit 1,‚Äô So we‚Äôve 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. ūüôā

 

#KodableRoadTour: Show Everyone Your Programming Skills

Kodable Road Tour Swag

The #KodableRoadTour is moving at lightning speed! We have already visited over 20 schools in 10 states, and we don’t plan on slowing down. ūüôā

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Were you a stop on the #KodableRoadTour and want to show off your programming skills? Or do you just love Kodable and want to support the future of children’s programming? Get some #KodableRoadTour Swag!

Kodable Road Trip T-Shirts

Be sure to also check out our daily blog posts from all of our stops to learn more about our adventures, as well as what other classrooms are doing with coding around the country.

 

#KidsCanCode Chat: Creating a Coding Workshop

Creating a Coding Workshop

Organizing a programming workshop may be exactly what you need to get your school excited about programming. In this week’s chat, we talk about what works best, and how to structure your very own coding workshop.

Chat Questions:

Q1: What are the benefits of student/educator/parent coding workshops?

Q2: What types of coding workshops have you organized or attended in the past?

Q3 PART A: What did you like best about these workshops?

Q3 PART B: What could have been done differently, or where could these workshops improve?

Q4 PART A: What activities work best for a student coding workshop?

Q4 PART B: What content should be covered in a coding workshop for educators?

Q5: How do you organize/structure a workshop to help build excitement around programming?

Join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST on Twitter for #KidsCanCode Programming Education Chat

#KidsCanCode Chat: Random Programming Questions Chat

#KidsCanCode Random Questions Chat

This week, it was time again for our favorite chatРRandom Questions Chat! In this edition of #KidsCanCode we cover coding concepts, resources, unplugged activities, and PD.

Chat Questions: 

  • Q1: After Ss master programming/coding basics, what is the next logical step? Javascript?
  • Q2: How do you divide up the semester? By concepts, resources, etc?
  • Q3: What kind of PD do you offer teachers who are getting started?
  • Q4: Do Ss approach programming differently when it is introduced in an ‚Äúunplugged‚ÄĚ way?
  • Q5: How did you explain programming to your students when you first started?
  • Q6: At what point in programming education is it good to begin PBL?

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

#KidsCanCode Chat: My Coding Wish List

#KidsCanCode Chat: My Coding Wish List
Whatever your coding wish list is…I am sure it is very LONG. In this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat, we share our coding wish lists, and discuss how we can transform these dreams into a reality.
Chat Questions
  • Q1: What is a coding wish list?
  • Q2: SHARE: The items on your coding wish list.
  • Q3: What are the greatest challenges you face in making your coding wish list a reality?
  • Q4: SHARE: An epic tale of how an item from your wish list found its way into your classroom.
  • Q5: What are some ways to recruit the community to help make your wish list a reality?
  • Q6: How can you help a fellow teacher obtain an item off their wish list?
Join us Tuesdays 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Education Chat 
Next Week’s Chat Topic: Programming Concepts for Elementary

Introducing the Kodable Programming Curriculum

Kodable Programming Curriculum for Elementary

When we founded Kodable,¬†we made it our goal to bring programming to every classroom around the world. In order to make this dream a reality, we have decided to take the next step in teaching coding, and transition from a game to a complete programming curriculum. For those just starting out, developing your own coding curriculum can be a daunting task. That’s where we can help. From now on, all of our updates will work to provide teachers with all of the resources, materials, and metrics that they need to teach their students programming. Take a look¬†at the exciting changes we have made so far.

New Features of the Kodable Programming Curriculum

In 2014, we heard a lot of awesome feedback from the Kodable Community about how to make Kodable even better. You spoke, we listened, and we are now thrilled to introduce the new Kodable Programming Curriculum.

Native Desktop Application (Currently In Beta)

Kodable Desktop Application

Kodable can now be accessed and played right from your desktop. Kodable Desktop works with any hardware, and syncs all student data to the cloud so they can resume their progress on any device.

Administrative Tools (NEW) 


Kodable School Teachers can now manage multiple Teacher Accounts from one Administrative Account. Invite existing teachers, create new accounts, and view all of your classes/students from one dashboard.

Redesigned Dashboard (UPDATES COMING THROUGHOUT MARCH)

Class Dashboard (New)

Easily manage, view, and track class/student progress from your Teacher Account Dashboard. See what standards your class has completed, and quickly identify students that are struggling.

Kodable Dashboards Assignments

Plan, organize, and access your lessons from the new Assignments tab. Create a custom lesson playlist, or use the provided lesson guides to help you conquer your first programming lessons.

Learning Guides & Curriculum Activities (SNEEK PEEK) 

Kodable Learning Guide: Sequence

Prepare to teach your students Sequence and Condition programming concepts with our revised Learning Guides. Make connections to programming concepts outside of Kodable with unplugged activities for your classroom.

Try our new Sequence Activity –>

In Case You Missed It: Recent Updates

Add More Free Students to Your Class 

Add up to 30 students to your Teacher Account

You can now add up to 30 students to your Free Teacher Account. Take full advantage of your Kodable Free Trial and add your entire class to begin saving and tracking student progress.

New Pricing 

Kodable Curriculum Materials

Pricing for Kodable is now simpler than ever.  Purchase a site license for your entire school at a single flat rate, and get access to the complete Kodable CurriculumРnow and forever.

Fresh Website Design (NEW)

Kodable Programming Curriculum

Visit Kodable.com and take a look at our redesigned homepage. If you have not signed up for a Teacher Account, enroll in a Free Trial and begin teaching your students to code.

Kodable Web 

Kodable Web

You can now visit game.kodable.com to start playing Kodable anytime, anywhere, right from your Internet Browser.

 

Even more changes are on the way. Contact neal@kodable.com with any questions. ūüôā¬†

 

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?!

Make sure to have fun with your coding curriculum

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! ūüôā

Create a new Kodable Fuzz!

#KidsCanCode Chat: How Can I Integrate Coding with Math?

We need to change the way we teach math to include computer science and coding
In this week’s edition of #KidsCanCode chat, we discussed the ways that we can integrate coding with math! We covered what math concepts overlap with computer science, shared our favorite programming/math combo projects, and gave our best suggestions to others based on what we have learned from our own experiences.
Join Us EVERY Tuesday at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat!! 

#KidsCanCode Chat: Learning to Code Alongside My Students

Learning to Code with your students
We are teaching our students to code, but how can we simultaneously pick up some programming knowledge ourselves? This week, we discussed the best ways to learn the coding concepts we are teaching, both inside and outside the classroom.
Join us every Tuesday at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat!

This Week in #KidsCanCode: Aligning Coding with the Common Core

Aligning programming and technology with common core standards

“I want to introduce technology and coding to my lesson plans, but I am not quite sure how to align this with the Common Core State Standards?”

This is a common question for many teachers, and often half the battle is finding the right resources to make this possible. ¬†In last night’s #KidsCanCode chat, we discussed a number of resources to help guide teachers to properly aligning their curriculum with the Common Core. ¬†Here are some of the resources we came across:

Assembled by Ben Rimes, this is an enormously valuable resource that not only has gleaned every standard related to technology from the CCSS, but is meticulously organized and easy-to-follow.  The sections are delineated by standards, starting with ELA and proceeding to Math.  Each section is then broken down by grade level, similar to the actual standards themselves, but presenting much less information to process.

For those interested in just the ELA Standards, this is another resource that I recommend checking out that was put together by Tara Linney (@TechTeacherT).  Again, pulled directly from the Common Core State Standards, sections are separated by grade level, making for easy reading and unnecessary to skim through the entire original document itself.

Ever need something to send to parents? ¬†This might be a resource worth checking out. ¬†The Standards are broken down in this parent-friendly version for all of K-8 with a separate Middle School & High School Section. ¬†There is also a section that answers a common question (pun intended), “What is the Common Core?” for parents. ¬†This site also has sample/practice test questions, and other valuable CCSS related materials.

What Everyone Needs to Know About the Common Core State Standards

Finally, these Computer Science standards/recommendations are an invaluable resource for setting up any curriculum or lesson plan.  A must read for those beginning to teach their students programming.

Many curriculum tools have already aligned their products to the CCSS for you.  As for Kodable, we have all these standards mapped out and available along with other materials on our Resources Page.  We also provide an abbreviated CCSS document specifically for parents or for easier reference.  Before you do all the work, be sure to do some research or simply ask if these resources are already available.

If you are looking for more resources relating to technology/coding and the Common Core, be sure to check out the #CCSSchat website.  And as always the original Common Core Standards can be found on CoreStandards.org.