Teacher Review For Codecademy

Great "next step" for kids who have a background for code *not for beginners*

Elizabeth K.
Media specialist/librarian
York Elementary School
York, NE
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Code Academy says for grades 7-12, but I decided to give it a try with 5th graders. I wanted this to be student-led and for the students to play around with coding and learning by doing. I decided to have them give "Animate Your Name" a try. However, 10 year olds were not mature enough to follow step-by-step to successfully pass each level. When I stopped them and we worked through and READ the directions carefully and to their full extent, then they were able to move through with ease. They felt a sense of accomplishment when they were successfully able to animate their name. Other areas of this site allow students to build a website, learn about javascript, and HTML.
My Take
This website is great! I like that it gives step-by-step directions for students to follow, that according to their information is appropriate for 7-12 graders, but can be used with younger, such as fifth, with whole class instruction. I think this a great teaching skill for students who are interested in computer programing and coding.