LearnStreet

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Master art of coding with awesome free programming lessons.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational value

Kids can learn to code in three programming languages: Ruby, Python, and JavaScript. The instruction covers basic concepts such as functions, loops, and variables, reinforcing computer science and math principles. Figuring out why their code worked (or didn't) can help kids build logic and critical-thinking skills. The multilevel system encourages kids to set and work to achieve goals. LearnStreet is a solid resource that's well organized, full of information, and fun. Plus, kids have to actively participate to get to the next step in each just-long-enough lesson. Chances are, thanks to the personalized instruction, they'll want to.

Positive messages

Creating code all by themselves should make kids feel proud and excited.

Violence
Sex
Language

Although user comments on the site blog seem to be clean, they appear instantly, despite a disclaimer saying a comment is awaiting moderation. So, theoretically, bad language could show up.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids can either enter a username and a password or sign up for the LearnStreet programming site using their Facebook, Twitter, Google, or GitHub accounts. LearnStreet's privacy policy says it doesn't collect personally identifiable information from children under 13, but no age verification is required.
 

User Reviews

Adult Written byelspru August 24, 2014

LearnStreet No Longer Available

As of July 2014, LearnStreet is no longer available. I don't know whether it was a useful site or not, because I was never able to access it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byKeybored February 5, 2016

Could be for kids

I didn't mind the programming, and learnt a lot. Some of the basic stuff could have been for younger kids. It lets you learn a lot, but isn't very fun... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTHE BEAST May 19, 2017

What's it about?

LearnStreet features free coding lessons for students of all ages. Unlike some code-instruction sites, it offers an impressive amount of personalized instruction. The well-organized, easy-to-follow Ruby, Python, and JavaScript programming language courses provide a hands-on learning experience with frequent examples and exercises. Kids can look up coding terms and get hints or try to chat with a site administrator if they have questions. They also receive badges for completing sections, which can encourage them to stick with the program.

Is it any good?

LearnStreet offers some stellar programming instruction. Kids can find out about coding terms, view what each section entails, and learn how to write code in three programming languages by completing interactive lessons. The system walks them through every step, providing instructions, examples, exercises, and hints. There's also a chat feature that's supposed to provide real-time help; administrators aren't always online, but kids can email questions if they can't get an immediate response. A separate Code Garage section provides additional and fun programming projects.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how programming involves communicating commands in a specific order. Can your child think of real-life examples that require completing actions in a sequence?

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  • Can your child see a connection between writing instructions clearly in programming and communicating clearly verbally or in writing?

  • The site encourages kids to complete educational sessions and to move on to the next level. Discuss setting and reaching a goal and help your child identify and work toward one.

Website details

For kids who love Computers and Tech

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