Parents' Guide to

Vidcode

By Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Digital-media, coding site promotes female programming.

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What you will—and won't—find in this website.

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  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
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  • Unclear whether data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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Is It Any Good?

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This website is a great tool for teens to get started with coding, particularly girls, by using JavaScript5 and HTML5. Javascript5 is used to create video filters, and HTML5 controls how the videos look. These are great introductions to coding, as the site gives helpful hints on not only how to use these types of code but also how slight changes to the code can make big differences (which users can see in real time) to the project they're working on. The ability to allow students to pull in videos and photos from their own social media sites (Facebook and Instagram) allows for genuine buy-in from teens. Yet, the videos can take a long time to upload to the site. The lessons assume some knowledge of basic coding terms, so beginners may need a little more guidance along the way, which is not always easy to come by on the website. More help functions, a user guide, a glossary, or the ability to ask a person questions in real time would be helpful. But overall, Vidcode is a great first start to get more kids, and especially more girls, interested in coding.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Science : engineering
  • Skills: Creativity : innovation, making new creations, producing new content, Communication : conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, Tech Skills : digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Last updated: November 12, 2019

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