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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Systematic way to learn coding

This is an excellent way for students to learn coding concepts. It is a way for kids to systematically learn.
age 7+

Highly Educational!

I recommend using they are a non-profit and teach you the basics of coding, no need to pay for any benefits, non-donators already have full access.

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Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This instructional site coaches kids through each coding lesson, giving them the skills to learn how to program in fun, clever ways. has a site with easy to grasp mechanics. Drop-down menus within shown lines of code makes it easy for users to change design elements such as background color. They can test out the result, and if something isn't right, they can alter the code and try again. If kids get completely stuck, they can view a brief explanation. The courses for students in sixth grade and above generally involve creating familiar items, such as an app or web page, which makes the lessons more applicable to real-world use. Kids can craft animations and games with characters that run, jump, and fly, design simple web pages using HTML and CSS, and use blocks or JavaScript to design an app.

Users are sometimes encouraged to try to do things first without utilizing additional instruction that's offered, which may help them become more confident about their coding skills. They can also track what lessons they've completed in an online chart. The educational offerings for older kids seem to be a bit more practical -- while the pre-reader instruction can take just a minute to watch, and kids can replay earlier steps if they missed something, there seems to be a fair amount of reading involved in some lessons. Younger users may need an adult's help to navigate them as a result, but they should enjoy being able drag and drop items to make characters move. If older kids don't want to invest the time to finish an entire course, the site's Hour of Code tutorials offer lessons and exercises they can complete in 60 minutes -- including fun activities like coding animals to dance to songs by Katy Perry, Coldplay, and other artists. If your kid is interested in programming in any way, could be a great resource to unlocking their coding potential.

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