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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Vidcode is a site with an auxilliary app that targets high school girls, allowing them to get excited about coding. The main idea is that girls are targeted at a younger age, so coding is something they can become passionate about. Users can upload their own photos and videos and use premade effects to create projects such as stop-motion videos, music videos, memes, and much more, all while learning about the code that makes these things possible. Users can log in and link their Facebook or Instagram accounts to grab photos and videos to use. Though kids can keep videos and projects private, parents should also make sure they talk to their kids about possible hazards of sharing content on social media sites.
What's it about?
On VIDCODE, coding is broken down into simple steps using what kids love most: their own photos and videos. When kids log in, they'll see two screens in a project. The screen on the left side of the screen allows for a lesson, and the screen on the right allows users to input the code. Teens can experiment with code, and the lesson screen will offer hints on how to change the coding to see neat changes occur. Teens can then share their projects and videos with their friends or parents, making the coding experience a social one.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about privacy. What are the problems that teens could run into by deciding to make projects public?
Talk about the careers coding can be used in. Where could those careers take young women? Families could also research colleges that offer summer programs or scholarships for girls who code.
Talk about how coding must be broken down into small parts, and relate this to breaking down any type of problem that needs to be solved.
- 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
For kids who love programming
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