Common Sense Review
Updated July 2014

Codecademy: jQuery

Students learn website animation skills, but may need to avoid bugs
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  • Kids learn how to add animation and interactivity to websites in this three-hour course.
  • The first three course topics introduce kids to jQuery basics and functions.
  • jQuery introduces animation and interactivity to Web pages.
  • This lesson explains how to animate website buttons.
Amy Cox
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How Can Teachers Use It?

Codecademy's jQuery strand teaches students how to further customize websites, with additions like interactive animations. These lessons assume that students already have a solid foundation in HTML & CSS, so don't throw them into jQuery without that background. Students aren't expected to have a background in JavaScript, however.

It's important to know that these jQuerey lessons might require some extra scaffolding from teachers -- more help text, clearer directions, and fewer bugs would all help make the lessons better for classroom use. Kids could easily go through the module without really understanding the why of what they're doing. If you use the jQuery, plan to spend some extra class time exploring the language's different uses, as well as its differences with JavaScript. Students could run into bugs with the software. To get around those issues, show students how to use the Q&A feature at the bottom-left corner of the screen; the forum usually holds the key to circumventing bugs.

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