How I Use It
I have created a YouTube Channel called "MakeCode and Hardware" and a Reddit discussion community : r/MakeCode (you may find it under r/programming on Reddit). MakeCode works with Chromebooks ! Unlike most apps. or extensions, MakeCode does work off-line on a Chromebook. There are many learning pieces of hardware such as Arduino Zero and the BrainPad product which are NOT shown on the MS MakeCode site but do use the system including the on-screen simulator for that product. For example: a $28 multi-function BrainPad can be used to teach a classroom full of students about color mixing or musical notes and their basis in Hertz for the Arts part of STEAM and all the students in the classroom can experiment with the simulator and their computers (Chromebooks if that's what they use) and then be taught to download their coded project into the one, Teacher's BrainPad. This applies to about a dozen other pieces of teaching hardware, all costing less than $30, some a cheap as $8.95--Adafruit Trinket M0. There is NO purchase of a Google Extension (40 cents per month per computer) as required to use Arduino Create Web Editor if you are using Arduino based hardware and the Chrome OS. There is a growing MakeCode community, John Park "MakeCode Minute" on YouTube appears to be employed by Adafruit to promote their Circuit Playgound Express and MakeCode.