Kodable Life Hacks: ‘Getting Started’ YouTube Playlist

Tips and tricks to improve your Kodable Programming Curriculum

I have a confession to make. This is very hard for me to admit now, but I didn’t always complete the assigned reading when there was a movie available. 😯 What do Sense and Sensibility, To Kill Mockingbird, and Pride and Prejudice all have in common?

Yup, they are all movies too.
Regrettably, I didn’t recognize Jane Austen’s brilliance in my younger years…

I have not the pleasure of understanding you
Why would I admit this on a blog read predominately by teachers? 

Because I have an amazing tip that is going to save you a TON of time! Thankfully, I have channeled my inner deviance here at Kodable HQ for the greater good, and helped to create some resources that are going to help you easily prepare your Kodable coding curriculum. 🙂

I just downloaded Kodable…now what? 

When chatting with teachers who are just starting to use Kodable, the most common question I get is the most obvious one, “What do I do next?”  At Kodable, we always recommend reading the Kodable Learning Guide, which still remains the go-to source for everything Kodable.  However, sometimes you just don’t have the time, energy, or motivation to sit down, read the whole guide, and begin prepping your lesson plan.  Or perhaps you are just a visual learner, and don’t want to waste time reading something that you might not retain.

Kodable’s Getting Started Playlist

If you fall into any of the above categories, I suggest you take FULL advantage of one of the most underused resources we have, our Getting Started with Kodable YouTube Playlist.  Here’s a little secret: ALL OF THE MAIN POINTS COVERED IN THE LEARNING GUIDE ARE ON VIDEO!

Quickly learn all of the programming concepts taught in Smeeborg including sequence, conditions, and loops:

Sequence in Kodable

Conditions in Kodable

Loops in Kodable

Looking for tutorials?

Confused or have questions about some of the teacher tools in Kodable such as setting up a class or tracking your student’s progress?  We have videos to help you with this too!

Creating a Class in Kodable

Tracking Student Progress in Kodable

Questions or comments? 

If you find these videos helpful, be sure to let us know.  Or if you think you would benefit from a video tutorial on another subject, we would love to hear this as well. 🙂


Kodable Webinar: How Do I Use My Teacher Account?

Did you miss the Kodable Webinar and still want to learn more about how to use and manage a Teacher Account?  Watch our instructional webinar here!  During this session we cover:

  • Creating an account
  • Creating classes
  • Adding students
  • Managing levels
  • Tracking student progress
  • Utilizing Kodable Learning Guides

We also update you on Kodable’s latest features, as well as those that are coming soon.  Check it out! 🙂

How did we do?  Share your feedback with us below!

Would you like us to organize a webinar around a specific topic?  Feel free to comment with suggestions!

4 Ways To Make a Kodable Fuzz

Students, parents, and teachers all enjoy the warm, fuzzy company of the fuzzFamily. It is no surprise that we get tons of requests for tips and tricks on how to make them. I decided to compile a list of all the ways you and your Kodable kiddos can enjoy a real life fuzz!

I’d also like to give a special thanks to the awesome teachers who went above and beyond for their students and decided to come up with their own ways of making a fuzz. Their examples are included here as well.

Coloring Sheet Fuzz

The easiest and most frugal way to create a Kodable fuzz is with our fuzz coloring sheet. Download the PDF and start coloring your own!

Create a Fuzz

Yarn Pom Pom Fuzz

Thanks to Agnese Addone and Caterina Moscetti, the CoderDojo Roma students all got their very own fuzz!

The pom pom fuzzes seem pretty simple to create. You can watch the youtube video or follow the steps listed below.


  1. Cut out two round pieces of cardboard. Make sure they are the same size.
  2. Cut out a hole in the center of both pieces that is the same size. You’ll end up with two cardboard rings.
  3. Wrap yarn around both pieces of cardboard starting by going through the center, like in the picture below. Keep wrapping until the entire ring is covered.
  4. Cut each piece of yarn all around the ring using the two pieces of cardboard as a guide. Be sure to hold the pieces of cardboard securely while you cut, so they don’t come apart. Start with yarn to create fuzzes
  5. While the pieces of cardboard are still attached, wrap a piece of yarn very tightly around the center of the yarn ball. Tie it tight, and cut off the remaining yarn.
  6. Remove the cardboard, and fluff the pom poms. Add eyes and a mouth and you have an adorable pom pom fuzz!

Foam Ball Fuzz


I was inspired by this tutorial, and decided to make my own fuzz to travel with us to schools, events, and keep me company at my desk. The supplies for the entire fuzz cost less than $10 at Michael’s.

You’ll need:

Gather your materials to make your fuzz

  • Scissors
  • Eye Lash Yarn
  • 2 Straight Pins
  • Glue ( I used super glue, but regular craft glue or fabric glue will work great too.)
  • Pink and black felt
  • 20 mm oval eyes
  • 4 inch foam ball (in the floral section at craft stores)


  • Hot glue gun
  • Max hold hair spray
  • Needle and thread that matches the tongue color

Once I had all of my supplies, it took me less than ten minutes to make blueFuzz. The original tutorial used hot glue, but I don’t have a hot glue gun, so I opted to use pins to secure the yarn instead. So far they have stayed very secure.

Stick the pin through the yarn several times, wrapping the yarn around the pin each time you “thread” it. Then, pin the yarn to the foam ball.

Stick the pin through the yarn

Wrap the yarn around the foam ball until you do not see any more white.

wrap the yarn around the foam ball

Use the second pin to secure the end of the yarn. Be sure to “thread” the yarn more than once, wrapping it around the needle each time. Then stick the needle in the foam ball. This works best if the needle is the same color as the yarn, so it will not show.

Secure the pin in your Kodable Fuzz

Optional: Since I didn’t use hot glue to secure my yarn, I decided to use hair spray to give my fuzz a little extra hold. I sprayed him pretty well all over with aerosol hair spray . The only draw back to this is that he can no longer attend bonfires, as I’m pretty sure he will spontaneously combust near an open flame. ;P

Glue on both of the eyes. You’ll need to hold them in place for about 30 seconds.

Glue the eyes on your Kodable Fuzz

Cut out the mouth and tongue. Before you glue or stitch them, hold them up to the fuzz’s face to make sure you’re happy with the size, shape and tongue placement. This took me a couple tries.

Create the mouth of your Fuzz

Optional: I decided to stitch the tongue to the black mouth piece to give it a bit more definition. I started at the top of the tongue and used a dark pink thread. I back stitched so it was all one solid line. I stopped half way to the end of the tongue, so it will still stick out a bit.
Glue the mouth on and hold it there for 30 seconds.

Stitch the tongue to the black mouth piece

Optional: Depending on which fuzz you decide to make, you may need to trim up the fur so it looks less frizzy. My blueFuzz still needs a trim, but I think he looks pretty good either way.

Furry Fuzz

Create a Furry Kodable Fuzz

This is the most realistic fuzz I have seen so far. Jeanne Reed and her daughter made diamondFuzz. I am very impressed at their creative talents! She looks fabulous. For more details take a look at Jeanne’s tutorial here.

How to Participate in a #KidsCanCode Twitter Chat

Kodable Twitter Chat

For the past month, I have been hosting a weekly programming education Twitter chat on Tuesdays at 8pm EST called #KidsCanCode. Every week, there are new participants who are unsure about what a Twitter chat is or how to participate in one. So here is a quick guide to Twitter chats!

What is a Twitter chat?

Twitter chats are like an online party where groups of people with similar interests come together at a designated time to talk about a specified topic. Some chats occur weekly, some are bi-weekly such as #KidsCanCode, and others are monthly. It all depends on the moderators and the amount of participation.

The chats take place using a common hashtag. Using a hashtag allows anyone on twitter to follow the conversation. It is like a key word that links tweets together.

#KidsCanCode Twitter Chat

Here’s an example of what you might see when you click on the #KidsCanCode hashtag. All of these people used “#kidscancode” in their tweet, therefore Twitter lumps them together so you can read everything in one place.


How to participate in a Twitter chat

To participate in a Twitter chat you can use Twitter or some other Twitter software. I prefer to use TweetDeck or Hootsuite, because they allow you to open multiple columns.

Set up a column for #KidsCanCode in your TweetDeck

I usually keep one column open for the chat I am currently in, and one next to it with all of my interactions. I like this layout because I can see the chat while also seeing the separate conversations I have going on. You’ll find your own preferences as you get used to chatting on Twitter.

Once you install or create a free account on Hootsuite or TweetDeck, you need to create a column for the chat. In TweetDeck, you can do this from the side panel.

  1. Click the magnifying glass, and type in the hashtag for the chat you want to follow.  For example, type in #KidsCanCode. Search for #KidsCanCode
  2. When the chat comes up, click “Add Column” button at the bottom of the window and a #KidsCanCode column will appear.                                        Input the hashtag #KidsCanCode

How Twitter chats work

Now that you’re set up and ready to begin your first chat, it is important to know how they work. Twitter chats come in many different formats. Some chats are question and answer, others are focused on a guest, some are broken into conversation segments, and others are a free flowing conversation.

Most education related chats such as #KidsCanCode follow the Q and A format. I’ll go over participating in this format, since these are the ones I prefer and have the most experience doing.

The moderator will have 5 or 6 questions prepared for the chat ahead of time. Every few minutes they will announce a question using one of the following formats.

  • Q1: What is your favorite color? #colorchat
  • QUESTION1: What is your favorite color? #colorchat
  • ——> Q1: What is your favorite color? #colorchat

When you see the question, you can respond using “A” and the question number.

A1: My favorite color is purple! #colorchat

It is important to include the hashtag at the end of each of your tweets so everyone can see it.

Some final tips

Twitter chats are a lot of fun, especially when you find a group of people you really enjoy. Hang in there and try a few different chats to find a group you click with.

Here is a list of all the education related chats that are available.

Larger chats like #edchat and #edtechchat move very quickly, so don’t worry if you fall behind at first. Eventually you will get the hang of it.

Join us for #KidsCanCode!

Now that you know all about Twitter chats, get out there, start tweeting, and join our #KidsCanCode chat!

Redeem a Promo Code in the App Store

Steps to Redeeming a Promo Code in the App Store:

1. Go to the App Store.

Redeem Promo Code in the App Store

2. Once you’re in the App Store, scroll to the bottom of the page.Scroll to the bottom of the page

3. When you get to the bottom of the page, tap on the button that says “Redeem”.Click redeem on the bottom of the page

4. A window will appear. Enter your promo code in the text box, as depicted below.Use your camera or manually enter in your code

5. Once you have entered the code, hit “Redeem”.


6. Congrats! Your app will being downloading.
App Begins Downloading