Interactive puzzles teach children ages 5–9 the basics of computer science in Codespark. Kids drag and drop commands — represented by visual blocks of code — into the correct order to animate a personalized character. Eventually users can create their own game. Codespark uses vivid visuals to teach young kids, including prereaders, how to code.
COST: Free for 7 days, then subscription required. (about US$9/month or US$60/year)
- Very engaging game — users often do not recognize they are also learning.
- Easy to navigate.
- Increasing challenge within the game appeals to users and keeps them playing.
- Parents can review data about their child’s progress in the game.
- Internet access required.
- Expensive monthly subscription.
- Instruction is lacking, and learning may need to be supplemented.
- Lack of feedback to improve student’s learning.
Why it’s helpful for families living internationally
Codespark is a game-based learning tool that will appeal to a lot of kids. It may be the right motivation for kids who aren’t as interested in coding on their own. The mobile app is accessible in most locations around the world.