Updated June 2014

Codecademy: HTML/CSS

Learn two languages (and build a website!) in just seven hours

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Codecademy's HTML & CSS lessons guide students through the process of building a website over a span of about seven hours. As they work through the module, students immediately see what their website looks like as they alter the code. The only downside is that the instructions are all written, making them less accessible to struggling readers. This is where teachers can step in to support and assess student learning. If you have students who struggle with reading, try frontloading some of the vocabulary bolded in the lessons. You're best off using this course as in-class independent work or as pair work. Opportunities for homework, or even for extra credit are certainly an option, too. One missing component teachers should address is how students should organize their code (when to indent or use line breaks). Students will also benefit from working on a larger collaborative project outside Codecademy. As they learn here, have them work in teams to create a specific type of website using the skills they're learning.

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James D. , Other
This is the (challenging) direction to go
The beauty of codecademy is that students can choose the areas in which they want to develop expertise. The challenge (and drawback) is that though teachers do not have to be coders themselves, once students progress past the most basic stages, most will run into difficulty and want some support. The learning curve can become quite steep at different points and the support/hints/tips were not enough for many of my students. It's best in small groups so that you can get around to students and/or facil ...
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