Code Monkey, Thank You!
This game is suitable for students in grades 5th- 7th Grade (9-12 years old). Code Monkey teaches the students a vast variety of critical life skills. The students learn a lot about their computer and its various coding functions, the importance of listening/ reading directions, and minor math is involved (measurement and counting). All these vital skills are possessed through a rewarding quest with a less than menacing monkey. The student controls a cute “Code Monkey” and must pass various challenges that increase exponentially in difficulty. Every action of the monkey is controlled by the student and their keyboard. The student must listen to directions, apply the proper code, and make sure they do the math to assure the code they enter is correct. I recommend that computer teachers and math teachers of the early middle school age use this game to teach the students the practical use of math and the various functions of the computer. Computer teachers win as students learn keyboard short cuts and minor coding, but math teachers win as students must use a ruler to calculate their monkey’s steps and do the math to decide his next move to the banana. This game directly addresses the Colorado Department of Education’s academic standards. The 6th standard of the CDE’s academic standards states: “Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations.” This game does just that as students are exposed to the introductory world of computer programming (the virtual language of today). While this game is invaluable to an educator’s arsenal, students will need technical support and help as they get stuck on various challenges. The world of coding can be tough and, without guidance, the student will just become frustrated and not glean the value of the game in education. Therefore, a teacher should not assign this game as a personal homework assignment, but an in class interactive activity.