Tynker aims to promote STEM and critical thinking skills through its Tynker Learning Platform, which teaches basic coding and programming to students from elementary school through high school.
Launched in April 2013, Tynker brings computer science into the classroom through pre-packaged lessons, tutorials, assignments, and assessment management. The activities in the lessons are engaging; students get excited about designing, developing, and creating animations, mobile games, e-books, robots, and music. For teachers, the interface is relatively easy to use: it requires little-to-no coding experience. Tynker also offers themed lesson plans for different grades.
The basic platform is free for educators. The premium version, includes additional media, materials for classroom management and assessment, puzzles, unlimited access to lessons, and the Tynker character studio. There’s a “parent” version, for home use. It includes a 16-chapter introduction to programming and costs $50/child.
Over 2,000 schools across the country have tried out Tynker, including: Westside Neighborhood School, CA, Disney II Elementary School, IL, Thoreau Middle School, VA, Pine Lane Elementary, CO, and Visitation Academy, MO.
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