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Code Monster from Crunchzilla

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fun programming lessons from a friendly monster guide.

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Code Monster is simple but mostly effective as a self-led journey of programing discovery. The hands-on manipulation and immediate feedback can give kids satisfaction and joy in discovering how what they're writing changes what they're seeing. It should also help them understand how the different pieces of code work. This can be a fun exercise, even for kids who wouldn't normally be excited about computer programming.

Yet Code Monster teaches almost exclusively through example rather than explanation, and there's little to no help for kids having trouble. When kids can't come up with the right code (such as in a quiz), Code Monster moves on ahead (which may discourage kids from trying to get through a tough coding challenge). More hints or code analysis could help kids who can't figure out where they're going wrong. An option allowing kids to save what they've created also would be a nice addition.

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