Codecademy: Code Hour
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Codecademy: Code Hour app is only a first step. After kids complete the app, it’s time to move them to one of the more complete Codecademy programming lessons. Fortunately, Codeacademy provides in-depth, well-respected, and completely free introductions to many of the most common computer-programming languages and technology. For a kid with the desire to make the next Facebook or best-selling video game, Codecademy is a perfect place to take the next step.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
What can kids learn about computer programming in an hour? They might find out that they have a knack for coding. More likely, they will discover that programming, like any other new subject, can be mastered one small step at a time. By giving kids the idea of programming in a safe environment and supported with affirmative feedback, the would-be programmer takes a tour of data types, flow control, markup, and other hairy concepts in a way that makes it seem fun.
And, although kids won't be able to crack open a compiler and start coding their next masterpieces anytime soon, the Code Hour app ends with the hope that kids will complete their hour-long tour with a renewed desire to learn more about the computer. This empowering message seems more relevant than ever in a digital life saturated with websites and mobile apps. In this way, this app is an important first step on the road from consumer to producer.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what seems like more fun: designing Web pages or learning a programming language.
Once kids finish the Code Hour app, consider directing them to the Codecademy website for more in-depth instruction.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: following directions |
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, logic, problem solving |
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
|Release date:||January 27, 2014|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 7.0 or later|