What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids won't connect with strangers on the CodeHS programming instruction site, unless they post or respond to comments in the section dedicated to improving the site. If your kid is serious about learning to code, you'll probably want to spring for the monthly subscription; only the first set of lessons is free.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Instructional videos have a conversational tone kids can identify with; the content is broken down into digestible sections that encourage kids to advance. Designing simple games is very fun.
Kids'll learn as they go and, if they pay full price, get personalized feedback. Interactive exercises help develop problem-solving and logic skills and reinforce function-related math concepts.
You can view a cheat sheet and track progress. A premium subscription offers access to experienced computer science professionals and grad students, who'll answer questions and review assignments.
What's it about?
CodeHS was developed by two former Stanford computer science teaching assistants to help kids learn to write code. Self-guided modules with narrated videos and examples provide instruction. Kids can also try to code in exercises and challenges. The first learning section on the site is free. To access other sections, kids will need to purchase a $25 monthly membership. A $75 premium monthly membership offers access to all sections and unlimited help from Stanford-trained tutors, who will also grade kids' coding assignments.
Is it any good?
CODEHS offers 10 sections with multiple programming lessons, puzzles, practices, and challenges to help kids learn to write and use code. The informational videos are each less than five minutes but provide thorough instruction. Because each section is broken down into individual lessons, students can learn at their own pace and track their progress on the site, helping them set and complete educational goals. Using Karel the dog as a way to teach commands makes things accessible for beginners; you'll move him around and set down a bunch of tennis balls on a grid using code. Kids'll also have fun with the first results of their coding: retro games and simple art programs. The only real detriment is that parents need to purchase a hefty $75-a-month premium subscription for kids to access one of the site's coolest features, personalized help from its on-hand Stanford-educated tutors.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how what kids are learning on the site relates to real life. Coding involves a series of commands. What other actions, like completing a homework assignment, are easier to do if you split it into tasks?
CodeHS is broken up into sections to teach kids different principles. How can your child track progress and use the site's structure to work toward setting and achieving goals?
Discuss different learning methods. Does your child find it easier to understand new concepts when they're presented in writing, or visually in a video?
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