What it is: We have some students at Anastasis Academy that are CODE crazy! They are really excited to learn how to code (we’ve used Codecademy) and practice with friends. Squad is a free collaborative code editor. With Squad, students can access the code they are writing anywhere there is an Internet connection. This means that students can chat and edit files together no matter where they are. Squad constantly saves the workspace so that they are available even when multiple machines are logged in. Students can see what teammates are working on, offer recommendations and even work simultaneously on a document. Even better? If your students have a coding question (and you, like me, can’t answer) they can copy and paste the code in the workspace’s share URL and anyone with the URL can get in to help. All of the files created on Squad belong to your students. They can open (and save) local files, access a remote host via FTP/SFTP or grab a file from Dropbox. The chat feature is searchable so that students can go back and learn from past mistakes or suggestions.
How to integrate Squad into the classroom: Do you have students who want to learn how to code? What better way for them to learn and practice than together?! At Anastasis, we have Crave classes. These are classes that run once a week that students get to elect to take…something they “crave” learning. One of our crave classes last year was learning to code. I “taught” it. No, I don’t really know how to code. We learned together! You don’t have to be an expert to help your students explore their passions and interests. We used Codecademy to learn together. One of the limitations of Codecademy is that there is no where to just practice together after you have learned a skill. Squad would be the perfect place for students to explore and practice together.
Older or more advanced students might want to create a club or work together to show what they know in another subject by putting their coding skills to use.
Tips: The free version of Squad limits students to 3 collaborators and 1 workspace, this should be plenty for your beginners!
Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Squad in your classroom.