When we went to remote learning last spring I made extensive use of Blackbird Code's coding platform & curriculum. Little did I know how much I would come to rely on Blackbird, along with ten other schools in my district.

From March through June I taught coding to approximately 180 middle school students with Blackbird and appreciated the thorough layout of the lessons, which are well-paced for remote instruction and keep kids interested. With my assignments posted an hour before our synchronous sessions, a number of students would complete the day's activity prior to class, and then complete the "Challenge" option for that lesson during our live session. In a word: students like the Blackbird platform. I've taught coding with other popular resources, but Blackbird is more pedagogically effective due to quick-to-accomplish tasks where practice scaffolds to mastery in subsequent lessons.

Blackbird has a painless teacher on-boarding process and their tech liaison, Mike, is professional, responsive, and mindful of teacher needs. Mike quickly got me up to speed with their lesson layout, and, impressively, offers live debugging sessions for students each Wednesday. I'm so impressed with them that I’ve already asked our District instructional office to fund a school license.

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Pete Madden

Portland Public Schools
Portland, OR


Blackbird has been the best thing for my students. Not just because of distance learning but because of the logical step to advance skills from block coding to programming. The lessons make sense and the ability to allow students to work at their own pace allows the teacher to support students according to their unique needs.

Blackbird is also a ton of fun. It puts the elements of learning to program in a factor that is easy, fun and engaging for students to grasp. Students learn everything from how a basic canvas works to debugging code and these skills are transferable to life long career goals. I would say as a teacher of middle school students, if you are on the fence with teaching coding through Blackbird, make the jump you won’t regret it. The staff at Blackbird are helpful and accessible. If I have ever needed ideas on how to make it fit my situation Mike at Blackbird has been there to help me, even with things like aligning curriculum to standards.

One feature that I appreciate with Blackbird is how easy it is to see student progress in the teacher dashboard. The star based system that shows if a student understands the concept makes grading from a rubric easy. Blackbird is awesome.


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Ben Durham

Portland Public Schools
Portland, OR


I think coding is the most fun class I ever had! I enjoy it very much.

 - Student, Haller Middle School  (Arlington, WA)

Huge thank you to everyone on your team! I wish you could see today. I gave them free time and 90% of them kept coding in Blackbird.

- Teacher, Franklin High School (Portland, OR)

I really liked the Step and Show Me functions, they made things very easy to understand if I made mistakes.

- Student, Jefferson High School (Portland, OR)

The scaffolded instruction with lots of opportunities for repetition is very helpful for students. The constant feedback that is embedded in the program is imperative for learners.

- Teacher, Jefferson High School (Portland, OR)

He loves it! It’s one thing I can get him to do without any coaxing. My husband and I are software engineers and were looking for something like this. I’ve integrated it into his daily routine.

- Parent (Portland, OR)

My child continues to love Blackbird so much and it truly is a huge piece of what is helping him get through quarantine.  Thank you so much for all you do!

- Parent (Portland, OR)