We’ve found that we can get students very excited about coding in CodeCombat by putting them into teams and having them ‘battle,’ where the winner of the battle is the team that can beat the greatest total number of levels in half an hour.
THE SETTING: We dim the lights, put on exciting music, and project a huge timer on the smartboard.
Cool results of this format: Students are really excited to help their neighbors because they know that by helping their neighbors to get unstuck they can dramatically increase the total number of levels that their team can complete.
I hope that this idea is useful to you! Please email me at rafaelCosman@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to talk about this more.