Blockly Games is awesome.
Enough to take anyone's head thinking computationally.
Similar to Scratch but a lot simpler while diverse and challenging. Sometimes really challenging. Good as a first lesson on programming for everyone and can come in handy in many programming lessons for Year 3-6 kids. Some activities can also serve as an hour of code topic starter.
Blockly Games is not as open as Scratch where you can experiment introducing your own media.
It's just simpler, but enough to cover a lot of programming concepts with 7 Activities:
- Puzzle: Quick introduction to Blocks
- Maze: Loops and Conditionals.
- Bird: Complex Conditionals. Coordinates.
- Turtle: KTurtle with blocks! :-D
- Movie: Maths Maths Maths
- Pond: Basic AI
From now on until june all my primary and Secondary kids will be learning to Code. They don't really know much about programming so Blockly Games comes handy as it starts easy and it's diverse.
Plan for my ICT Lessons: Blockly Games both in Primary and Secondary for 1-2 lessons (40-55 min each). Then CODE.org courses 1+2 for primary KS2 (7-11 years old). Secondary is a work in progress but probably Scratch! Maybe Creative Computing. I haven't decided yet. For my smallest kids from KS1 (5-7 years old) probably I'll go Bee-Bot for some lessons and then CODE.org course 0 (for non-readers).
And Improvisation ;)
Bellow you can see some pictures of Blockly Games.
Puzzle: Understand Blocks
Maze: Instructions, Loops & Conditionals
Bird: Complex Conditionals and Coordinates
Turtle: KTurtle with blocks. Awesome!
Movie: Maths & Maths & Maths
Did I say I like Blockly Games? ;)