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Pros: Sequential lessons on core web technologies, great tutorials, and instant access to student-made websites and animations.
Cons: Design elements are limited to images, videos, and sounds contained in Codemoji; teacher dashboard can be buggy.
Bottom Line: Emoji-based lessons engage and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation.
Students can work individually or collaboratively: Though they can jump right into the Play area, it's best that they check out some of the beginner courses first. But once they get their footing, turn them loose into the sandbox area that fits their interests and skill level. If you want to take learning offline, you can have kids practice computational thinking by writing a series of steps for each other to follow exactly.
With Codemoji, the inner workings of websites are demystified as students get hands-on experience building webpages and animations. In the Learn area, students can access courses that start from basic and extend to expert level. Each lesson starts with step-by-step, multimodal instructions: text and a computerized text-to-speech option, followed by drag-and-drop animated instructions showing Codemoji moving from the Emoji Box into the Text Editor (in HTML lessons only).
Codemoji is a solid intro to web coding that's icon-based. Cumbersome coding text is transformed into a relatable emoji, and each emoji function is taught conceptually. There's no need to memorize strings of code, be a proficient typist, or have a deep understanding of coding syntax. This is especially helpful for emerging typists, ELLs, and visually based learners. Students can work at their own pace, have access to clear, multimodal instructions, and instantly see webpages and animations their code creates.