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Master art of coding with awesome free programming lessons.

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Quality(i)

 

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Creating code all by themselves should make kids feel proud and excited.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Although user comments on the site blog seem to be clean, they appear instantly, despite a disclaimer saying a comment is awaiting moderation. So, theoretically, bad language could show up.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Users need to enter an email address and a name to post comments on the site's blog posts, but the e-mail address isn't shown. Kids can't easily interact through the site but could connect with other users on a social media site if they sign up using their accounts.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids can either enter a username and a password or sign up for the LearnStreet programming site using their Facebook, Twitter, Google, or GitHub accounts. LearnStreet's privacy policy says it doesn't collect personally identifiable information from children under 13, but no age verification is required.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • functions
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids stay motivated through encouraging feedback as well as badges for completing sections. They're prompted to write code examples and get an immediate response with a request to continue.

Learning Approach

Kids learn coding basics in lessons that get progressively more complex and provide more challenges. Programming also reinforces computer science and math principles, such as functions, and kids learn to achieve goals and use logic.

Support

A blog offers additional programming instruction and information. Teachers can access dozens of coding courses, and a separate Code Garage section features beginner, intermediate, and advanced games and other projects.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • functions
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to code in three programming languages: Ruby, Python, and JavaScript. The instruction covers basic concepts such as functions, loops, and variables, reinforcing computer science and math principles. Figuring out why their code worked (or didn't) can help kids build logic and critical-thinking skills. The multilevel system encourages kids to set and work to achieve goals. LearnStreet is a solid resource that's well organized, full of information, and fun. Plus, kids have to actively participate to get to the next step in each just-long-enough lesson. Chances are, thanks to the personalized instruction, they'll want to.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

LearnStreet features free coding lessons for students of all ages. Unlike some code-instruction sites, it offers an impressive amount of personalized instruction. The well-organized, easy-to-follow Ruby, Python, and JavaScript programming language courses provide a hands-on learning experience with frequent examples and exercises. Kids can look up coding terms and get hints or try to chat with a site administrator if they have questions. They also receive badges for completing sections, which can encourage them to stick with the program.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LearnStreet offers some stellar programming instruction. Kids can find out about coding terms, view what each section entails, and learn how to write code in three programming languages by completing interactive lessons. The system walks them through every step, providing instructions, examples, exercises, and hints. There's also a chat feature that's supposed to provide real-time help; administrators aren't always online, but kids can email questions if they can't get an immediate response. A separate Code Garage section provides additional and fun programming projects.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how programming involves communicating commands in a specific order. Can your child think of real-life examples that require completing actions in a sequence?

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  • Can your child see a connection between writing instructions clearly in programming and communicating clearly verbally or in writing?

  • The site encourages kids to complete educational sessions and to move on to the next level. Discuss setting and reaching a goal and help your child identify and work toward one.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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