Teacher Review For Codecademy

Learn the Ruby programming language in an engaging step-by-step setting

Mara G.
Classroom teacher
Greenbush-Middle River Senior High School
Greenbush, MN
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
Codeacademy is a great tool for teaching students how to code, because they can work at their own pace and get immediate feedback. Students can work ahead for fun, and complete lessons at home if desired.
My Take
Codeacademy is a website that teaches coding by having students (or anyone!) follow its examples and create pieces of websites with code. It has several courses within its website and for this field note I reviewed the Ruby course. The Ruby course starts out basically with explanations of what it is and walks students through at their own pace. There is a lot of reading involved and it was a bit much at times when I just wanted to get working. I also found the Ruby lessons to be a little glitchy, both in Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers. When I looked to the Forums for help I did not always find answers and not quickly. Overall though the Ruby lessons provide a nice overview and a good experience for high school students with an interest in Computer Science.