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Kamra, Math Teacher. School Type: High School

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Usage: This would be a great introductory coding coursework. It is adjustable for classroom, building or district. Also adjustable to meet college dual credit coursework requirements.

Strengths: It appears easy to use. The company seems willing to work with schools for training for teachers as well as training for students after graduations. They would like these students to be able to get a job!

Suggestions for Improvement: Nothing!

Verdict: This is a low cost platform. The willingness to work with schools on costs is great.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: Our students would love to create their Own product. Love scratch

Strengths: I want to work with student on programming but don't feel comfortable. This would give me the background I need to make it work

Suggestions for Improvement: Could it be classroom specific not building. We are in the high school not sure our district would pay for that number of students to have access

Verdict: Kids need to be able to show what they can do. This will allow them to do that

Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This product would allow teachers to teach code to students without being to savvy on technology

Strengths: I like the program because of its ease of use. Unlike some programs they make schools invest heavily before you can use their services. This program allows schools to have teachers teach how to code with simplicity as well as lower cost.

Suggestions for Improvement: None that I can tell so far.

Verdict: It is cost effective and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to learn it.

Asst. Teacher, School Type: Middle School, High School, Other, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this product to differentiate learning in a social studies classroom to engage students within a team even if they are not drawn to the topic of an assignment.

Strengths: By allowing students as young as 1st graders to begin to understand computers and the complex structures that allow them to display and share media around the world. This allows students to engage their past intelligence. It allows economic barriers to be overcome by its low cost.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would try and make it more visually appealing. I would find ways to more clearly implement it in a social studies classroom. I would make a visual dashboard for educators to use, to see students progress more clearly.

Verdict: I would recommend this product since our school does not put enough importance into the technology at work behind our social systems. It would allow students to have a stronger foundation for understanding the coding behind all forms of social constructs in the world.

Jana, Gifted facilitator. School Type: Elementary School, High School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: With my gifted classroom students

Strengths: I would love to be on this end of the development process with my students This is a needed curriculum but difficult to find. Maybe this is the answer. Sounds economical

Suggestions for Improvement: I would have to learn from the students (I'm not always comfortable with that but getting better) Time time time -very regimented with our curriculum Possibly the cost because I can't mandate how district money is spent.

Verdict: This is the future for our future entrepreneurs and graphic designers

Nathan, Student Teacher. School Type: High School

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Usage: I would try to incorporate coding into my math lessons. It is an applicable version of math and an area that students could get jobs in.

Strengths: Offers available be lesson plans for teachers. They offer tech support if issues arise and they offer student certification.

Suggestions for Improvement: Give more explanation on why coding is important. Students want to know how it can help the .

Verdict: Coding offers a new perspective to the math universe. The program seems simple to use and applicable for my math students.

Stephanie, Math teacher. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices

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Usage: Incorporate aspects of coding into the mathematics classroom. Work on deductive reasoning and other important skills.

Strengths: Ability to choose modules to teach without teaching all of them. I would be able to build this into my teaching much more easily.

Suggestions for Improvement: Can't think of anything right now. Great product.

Verdict: I like the motivation I can see my students having to work with this type of program and the problem solving skills they would be using.

Kamra, Math Teacher. School Type: High School

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Usage: This looks like a great product for business teachers. It would really be easy to just take and use.

Strengths: Seems like a great way to get into coding. Fantastic product. Willing to work with schools on price.

Suggestions for Improvement: Nothing. Looks great!

Verdict: Easy to use. Easy to incorporate college credit courses. Seems great!

Suzanne, Technology Librarian. School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: This is a ready-made technology curriculum. I would use it for lesson and unit plans.

Strengths: The major strength of Code Red is that it is a ready-made curriculum with ability to customize components for your specific needs.

Suggestions for Improvement: The three things I would change are: 1) Make a version/package that is solely for tech ed teachers. They likely already know how to code and teach coding, they would simply be buying the curriculum. if that could be done on a limited per-student basis by charing only for students in that tech-ed or PLTW program ( also save $$ on not having the training) 2) I like the per-student pricing level as that will really help some small schools, but the per-student can be painful for my school with 1600+ students and probably only 400 would actually be using this in the classroom.

Verdict: I would recommend it as it is pretty advanced and will give our students much needed coding skills. I would also point out that this can be used cross-curriculum.

Alex, Student teacher. School Type: High School

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Usage: As a math teacher I think it could be beneficial to introduce students to coding as the critical thinking skills involved with coding can greatly correlate with mathematics. I could also see giving students who are interesting in computer science additional assignments using this application.

Strengths: Greatly engage students with relevant material.

Suggestions for Improvement: Champion the ways in which this product is applicable to ALL disciplines and how easy it is to understand. Some teachers may be turned off by "coding"

Verdict: It may not be totally applicable or relevant to all teachers in all disciplines.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I wouldn't use it because it seems hard to use. It seems more geared toward higher education or middle school/high school level. It is geared toward elementary but I cant see how I would use it in my classroom.

Strengths: I am not crazy about this. It seems too difficult to follow.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if there were more early elementary skills focused on.

Verdict: I would tell people that this product seems to be more geared toward higher education and middle school than it is geared toward primary education. Maybe 5th graders would be able to handle this but I know my 2nd graders would have a very difficult time with this.

Ed Tech specialist, School Type: Middle School, High School, College Prep School

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Usage: The interface is drab. Coding is already a topic that intimidates many people, so it needs a friendlier look to draw in students, especially our younger ones.

Strengths: It looks like it has a very thorough set of coding for higher level courses that want to do more in depth work. On the other hand, that complexity creates an intimidating interface for novice users.

Suggestions for Improvement: Offer a smaller, friendlier version for younger students. Offer a smaller scale paid version. Don't have a third idea.

Verdict: I think we have other choices for coding programs that will be more flexible and more appealing to our students.

Michael, Art Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this to engage students at the early elementary stages in computer programming.

Strengths: I love that it is a k-12 (and beyond) solution.

Suggestions for Improvement: Hard to say without using it. It looks good but how is the actual implementation. I'd like a trial period. I teach art, k-5th with 500 students. I'd love to be able to use this on my own without the whole school having to buy in.

Verdict: I think this is a product which could be easily adapted into some of the current work we are doing.

Educator, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would try to maximixe this curriculum into my current curriculum

Strengths: It outlines the lessons well. i would need some better background in a more intensive situation before a purchase.

Suggestions for Improvement: i worry that it might be too complicated to put in without work experience. i hope that the into system would be educationally compatible

Verdict: I would recommend it based on the actual curriculum being something we can use in our academic profile

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: This program can be used to create computer and web-based applications.

Strengths: Coding Programming Teaching students how to program

Suggestions for Improvement: It may be complicated for some students. Teachers would have to gain a sense of how the program works prior to use.

Verdict: This program provides an opportunity to create programs that are computer based. It supports students creativity and ability to use computer aided design tools.

Educator, School Type: High School, Higher Education, Low Income Population

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Usage: In the computer classes at my school

Strengths: Looks easy to use

Suggestions for Improvement: I don't know yet

Verdict: It would help prepare the students who want to major in a computer science field be prepared for college and the work force

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