What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- applying information
- meeting challenges together
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids jump right in and stay involved with well-paced instruction, live feedback, and tips to take things further. The hands-on experience with real-time results is key.
The perfect way to teach programming languages, this smart program explains commands and provides live guidance and feedback while kids practice them.
Feedback and tutorials are fully integrated into every lesson. There's no dedicated help section, but social features let users seek help and code together on projects.
What's it about?
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.
Families can talk about...
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?