Codecademy

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

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Educational Value

Teens can learn the computer programming languages JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, which can be used to create web apps, games, and websites. They'll need to flex their problem-solving muscles, since one stray character can throw off a whole program. Exercises include hints and a link to a glossary and FAQs for that topic. This helps prevent difficult tasks from becoming frustrating, but an additional "cheat sheet" or review exercises might be useful -- novice coders may find it difficult to retain information after they've completed a lesson. Otherwise, Codecademy is an innovative learning tool in a user-friendly format.

Positive Messages

Coding can be intimidating for people who've never done it. Codecademy's approach demystifies the process and sends the message that anyone can learn to code by putting in the work.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that CODECADEMY teaches users how to code in several programming languages by providing interactive exercises organized into lessons. There's no content that would be iffy for younger kids, but the reading level and skills taught are challenging.

 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCole P. September 8, 2017

Incredible Application for computer coding

Code Academy is a great application for children to learn the basics and advanced computing skills in a safe environment. This application is a user-friendly pl... Continue reading
Adult Written bybenjamind1 April 17, 2015

Great, but...

I really wish it had Java. I wanted to learn Java for minecraft plugins, but this only has JavaScript, Python, and some other languages. No Java.
Kid, 12 years old October 29, 2016

Great way to learn, but with pros, there are also cons...

Let me start of by telling you. If you want to learn to code, you should probably get the code academy pro. Blink and you miss it. If you study something (for e... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bybayerntime April 20, 2015

This website sparked my interest for coding

This website is extremely useful to start a long and prosperous career in computer programming. I was introduced to this by my Inventions and Innovations teache... Continue reading

What's it about?

Designed to introduce newbies to the world of coding -- writing computer programs -- CODECADEMY provides interactive lessons on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, with plans to expand to additional programming languages. Lessons are organized into three tracks, and users earn points and badges as they complete each exercise, which can be shared on Facebook or Twitter. Those who are already well-versed in the world of coding can also create their own lessons. Codecademy plans to expand on its social features so that users can find their friends on the site.

Is it any good?

Codecademy does a great job getting users to overcome the first obstacle to learning: getting started. Visitors to the site can immediately try out a simple, fun programming exercise. After a few more lessons -- and a confidence boost -- they're asked to sign up. By focusing on the hands-on experience, Codecademy keeps lessons engaging rather than didactic. On the other hand, users who don't have much coding experience might want a little more background information about the programming languages and what they can do.

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  • Families can talk about how technology can help students learn. What did you find useful on this site? How might you improve it?

  • Who are the people working behind the scenes to make computer programs and games? How is building a game different from playing one?

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