What it is: Codecademy makes learning to code a snap. It is an interactive, fun way to learn coding one step at a time. The site will prepare students to program websites, games and apps. Learn independently or with friends, keeping track of their progress and comparing it with yours. Students can track and share their progress to see how much they have learned and to stay motivated. The platform could not be simpler to use and after just a few lessons…I’m starting to really understand and get the hang of programming. I think that is pretty impressive considering that I have never had a lesson before now (not entirely true, a few years ago I went through the learn C in 24 hours course…I could follow along but didn’t really understand what I was doing.)!
How to integrate Codecademy into the classroom: With the popularity of apps, I have students who are just itching to learn how to program. It is great to see boys and girls of all ages excited about learning how to code. Codecademy is something that you can use to learn right along with your students. You don’t have to be the expert because Codecademy guides everyone step-by-step through lessons and lets everyone move at a pace that is comfortable to them. If your students can read, they can learn to code with Codecademy. Today, a fourth grader at Anastasis started going through Codecademy lessons and quickly surpassed me. His excitement was evident as he figured out variables in lines of code, how to set off an alert or command. What I love about using Codecademy as a class or school is that students can work together, encourage and challenge each other. When students hit certain lessons, they unlock new badges to display.
Codeacademy’s obvious use is to learn how to code. For students who are passionate about gaming, websites, and programming this is a great sandbox to learn in. Students get immediate feedback about the code they are writing. Start a class club where students learn how to code together. Use some time each week to learn to code with students, you could set the goal of learning to code together over the course of the year.
Codecademy is great for students who are reluctant to read but love technology. This reading is for a purpose and students love it! With Codecademy, getting an online education has never been so much fun!
Tips: Codecademy has created a new site called Code Year. Make your New Year’s resolution to learn to code and sign up for Code Year. Each week, you will get a new interactive lesson delivered to you via email. By the end of the year you (or your students) will be lean, mean coding machines! So cool! I’m taking the challenge with several interested students and am looking forward to learning something new this year!
Please leave a comment and share how you are using Code Year in your classroom!