Mini-Guide: Kodable

LQ: 9.8

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Brain grade: 10.0
Fun score: 9.6

Kodable
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Kodable is an online and iOS app that teaches children the logic skills needed to do coding, as well as actual JavaScript. The game includes three different “worlds”,  each with a different coding focus. Working through these worlds, the user will learn sequencing and conditions, as well as seeing JavaScript in action. They will also unlock the ability to design their own characters and games.

Bug World is set up like a a tower defense game, with various fuzz characters fighting off slime bugs. Smeeborg uses mazes to teach the player about various sequencing and condition rules used in programming. The third world, Asteroidia, is a match-three style world.

This app has a free trial and then a monthly fee. The ESRB rated Kodable E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.


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Kodable helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Organization Kodable

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

In order to complete any of the levels, on any of the worlds, the user needs to be able to organize their thoughts. If they can’t decide what order things need done in, the best path to use, and then keep these thoughts in order so that the code is executed properly. The user also has to be able to organize things—fuzz in Bug World and asteroids in Asteroidia—in order to place the items in the best location to win the level and earn stars.

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

As with any coding, this app requires the user to use their planning skills. Every level has limits set on it. Some levels are a limited number of moves, some have a set speed the player can earn money. In either instance, if the player doesn’t have a plan, they won’t be able to complete the level and get their stars. To create their plan, they will use problem solving skills and short-term planning.

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