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Synopsis: Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
Common Sense Rates It:
Parents need to know
Parents need to know that CODECADEMY teaches users how to code in several programming languages by providing interactive exercises organized into lessons. There's no content that would be iffy for younger kids, but the reading level and skills taught are challenging.
- Families can talk about how technology can help students learn. What did you find useful on this site? How might you improve it?
- Who are the people working behind the scenes to make computer programs and games? How is building a game different from playing one?
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Codecademy does a great job getting users to overcome the first obstacle to learning: getting started. Visitors to the site can immediately try out a simple, fun programming exercise. After a few more lessons -- and a confidence boost -- they're asked to sign up. By focusing on the hands-on experience, Codecademy keeps lessons engaging rather than didactic. On the other hand, users who don't have much coding experience might want a little more background information about the programming languages and what they can do.
The Good Stuff
Messages: Coding can be intimidating for people who've never done it. Codecademy's approach demystifies the process and sends the message that anyone can learn to code by putting in the work.
What to watch out for
Violence Not an issue
Sex: Not an issue
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Not an issue