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By Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.

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age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

No autonomy

Codecademy is not learning, it's telling you to type specific syntax letter for letter so you think you're coding but you don't retain anything. I had to use this as a highschooler and I was scarred for life. I would obsessively take notes because I did not retain any information by using codecademy, but in my other computer science class, we learned the same concepts in a different method and it helped me actually learn. Codecademy leaves students scared and dependent on this website, relying on waiting for specific instructions on everything they need to do, ending their lesson with little confidence. Experience is a better teacher.
age 13+

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 platform used to teach coding to people with the most basic knowledge with programming. As studies show the content of the site requires a strong reading and understanding level and is gaged for children 13+. As simple as this site is having a basic understanding of how to operate a computer and how to read with an open mind while following directions is an important step in learning through Code Academy. As I entered the application and created an account it is very simple and user friendly based on the minimal website layout. Being able to go from one lesson to another with help of the software to double check your work allows for formatting and understanding of this foreign language. The skills through Code Academy include digital creation, Direction following, JavaScript, HTML and CSS and so much more. Having all this important information at your fingertips with easy access makes this a great product I would recommend for a teacher who wants to tech computer science with a friendly interface that would provide a different learning environment. Yet Code Academy claims their applications teaches students applying information, logic, problem solving, meeting challenges together and teamwork I wasn’t able to get far enough to witness any user to user interaction. Yet this can be made up in the classroom or on another digital platform I think that for the price of $19.00 a month or $199.00 a year this product holds a lot of educational value. After Some thorough research, I found a few issues with this application that would make or break it when teach to people who are just starting. This includes learning the coding mindset and being able to catch mistakes during or after coding. I believe that it glazes over the issue but doesn’t provide much when it comes to fixing simple coding syntax. As important as learning code syntax is, it doesn’t provide an explanation on how to apply what you have learned to already finished code which creates an issue when applying the content to sources outside of the program. When it comes to the Terms and polices of this application I was extremely impressed because of the transparence of the application. As I reviewed the Terms and Service of the product I saw how it agreed to COPPA and needed a parent’s signature to show how their information would be portrayed and used. I wish they didn’t have any third-party sign in (Facebook, Google) but it does provide easy access to start learning. I would recommend this application to anyone who would like to learn how to code whether it is in a supervised educational environment or just for personal use. Code Academy was a pleasing application that provided a clear learning process of computer coding

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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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