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Teachers can use Vidcode as an independent assignment for girls to explore coding. Assign projects on Vidcode to assess learning -- e.g., asking students to make a stop-motion video of a topic you studied in class. Or, use Vidcode as a go-to tool to boost your beginning coders' skills with Java and HTML5. Vidcode would also fit perfectly in a STEM or STEAM classroom to build skills for student creation, computer science, and digital media writ large. If teachers want to keep going with the program, there are pay versions available with more support and advanced projects.Continue reading Show less
Vidcode is a site that aims to get teen girls excited about coding by emphasizing creativity and social media culture and expression. Users can upload their own photos and videos and use pre-made effects to create projects such as stop-motion videos, music videos, memes, and much more, all while learning about the code that makes these things possible. When users create their accounts, they can choose to link their Facebook or Instagram accounts to grab photos and videos to use in their projects.
When students log in, they’ll see two screens in a project: a lesson on the left and a space to input code on the right. Students can experiment with code, and the lesson screen offers hints on how to change the coding to see subtle and dramatic changes occur in the project. Students can then share their projects and videos with their friends or teacher, making the coding experience a social one.
The lessons assume some knowledge of basic coding terms, so very beginning users may need a little more guidance along the way. Unfortunately, basic coding info isn't easy to come by on the website. More help functions, a user guide, glossary, or the ability to ask questions to a person in real time would be helpful improvements to an already powerful learning experience.
Key Standards Supported
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.