Being a programmer I fully understand this - I learned to code at a similar age (basic) typing in games from magazines then modding them for fun.
My eldest loves it - gets sucked in for hours. I suspect he'll be onto older age group soon... It's a great tool for learning the fundamentals of programming in a practical and fun way. I would give 10 *'s if i could.
I use and have used many other coding apps with my students...This App is a cut above the rest! Of all of the apps I use, my students always want to see what new and exciting features this app has. I've found ways to both use this app during my coding electives and have found ways to integrate this with the classroom curriculum.
I've been teaching with The Foos by Codespark since they first came out and have been a big fan ever since. My young students love the characters and the challenges. The puzzles start out with easy and concepts and quickly move into more challenging coding problems that require critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and help teach kids sequencing and loops. Love it!
Unlike some other coding apps, the learning doesn't stop after you beat all the levels. This app has lots of depth for the coding puzzles and we love the mini-games and design/create sections. We also love the updates like storytelling and the new mini-game. I teach PreK-5 and this is my students' favorite coding app, even my older kids request it!
I'm a teacher in Dubai. I'm using this App with my Grade 2 students and i'm training all the teachers of my school to use this app.
It's a great way to understand the basic concept of programming( sequences, loop etc). The graphics are very nice and it's really easy for a teacher to see how far the students went and to help them go further.
As a parent now , i think it can be one of the really few app where the kids are both having fun and learning at the same time...
I love the Foos. It is a great way for beginning coders to learn how to sequence and build algorithms. Kids love playing and love how it get more challenging in every level. Kids are learning coding skills while they are playing.
This app/program is a great for children, they playing along thinking its a game but in fact they are learning and developing skill which are fundamental in their education. The children learn how to debug and problem solve. Whilst having fun in a safe controlled environment.
A wonderful way to teach coding in the classroom. Comes with Lesson Plans for teachers and students love the 'game' aspect of the app. Wonderful for both coding concepts and computational thinking/problem solving skills.
Use codeSpark to Teach Basic Coding to Younger Children
Looking for coding activities for younger students? CodeSpark is an excellent program to help younger children learn to code (ages 5-8).
Sequencing skills learned in codeSpark Academy can enhance early literacy and mathematics. Self-directed lessons are created to help students work independently and skills are reinforced as students complete sequential learning blocks. It's a great way to teach younger students how to code and fun while they learn. CodeSpark also incorporates empathy, creativity, and logic.
I am a librarian and love to include the use of technology, and love to make everything fun. CodeSpark allows the students to expand their creativity and embrace technology, giving the power and knowledge they will need in our technology driven society.
This is THE app to use for coding with littles. This has everything I was looking for in an app. I can check on student progress and assign individualized levels. Every student that has ever used the app LOVES it. With codeSpark Academy students that can't even read can still learn to code. The app features robust activities, very user friendly interface, and gets students excited about programming.
As an educator of this amazing app, I wholeheartedly endorse its ability to teach students about many coding and programming concepts in a fun and engaging way. Many apps available today strive to do what codeSpark Academy has created, but fall short everytime.
codeSpark Academy is a great app to introduce coding to young learners! It is simple to use and understand by the youngest minds. codeSpark introduces basic coding concepts in an easy to follow manner. Learners use a block style coding that makes it easier to begin. From codeSpark, students can go anywhere. Highly recommend!