Teacher Review For Codecademy

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Audra B.
Technology coordinator
Wheatley School
Old Westbury, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I teach SCRATCH as a class, but occasionally, I have meetings or conferences or I get sick! I love to leave Codecademy for the substitute because it is self paced and fun, while it reinforces skills the kids have learned from me as well as parallel skills in other coding languages. They can do something constructive, but not work on their major project without me to be there to support them! In Codecademy, older kids and teens write computer code. They set their own pace through lessons on every major modern programming language, including PHP, Javascript, Python, Ruby, HTML, and CSS. First, they create an account using a school Google account. A mini-lesson shows them how easy coding can be. Then, lessons are divided by "track," based on the purpose of each coding language. Students follow their interests to learn commands and syntax, and as they practice they see their code translate into output right on the screen. They even earn points for consistent effort as well as mastery.
My Take
I like that it teaches several different lessons and is self-paced. My students who finish their SCRATCH projects earlier than others love to use it to make new games in different coding languages! I also think it is good for students to get exposuree to a variety of coding languages before they enter high school. This gives them an advantage when choosing which classes to take when they get to high school!