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  • Skill Level:
    Beginners
    Price:
    Free
    Languages/Skills:
    Basic computer science
    Instruction:
    Unplugged activities, videos & puzzles
    Course Length:
    Self-paced
    Accreditation:
    None
    Prerequisites:
    None
    Software/Hardware Requirements:
    None
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    Overview

    Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their mission is to have every student exposed to computer science. Courses are available in 30+ languages and focus primarily on school age kids, although some courses are suitable for all ages.

    The site offers two main components for learners: the Hour of Code and Code Studio. The Hour of Code is based on a visual programming environment where you drag and drop instruction blocks in order to move a cartoon character around the screen to achieve a particular goal. The Code Studio is home to a set of tools and curriculum geared at getting young learners interested in coding through lesson plans, unplugged activities, and videos that teach concepts that are then reinforced through programming practice. Some of the concepts are introduced by video clips featuring big names like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. School teachers also have the ability to monitor their students’ progress in a lesson.

    The site also provides links to other coding tutorial sites geared towards kids and beginners and offers
    professional learning programs for teachers to help with teaching computer science across K-12 grades.

    Tools & Features
    • Courses are available in 30+ languages
    • Video introductions with subtitles
    • Video transcripts
    • Downloadable videos
    • Block-based coding using drag & drop instruction blocks
    • Reveal code option to reveal blocks in JavaScript
    • Basic puzzle-based challenges
    • Professional Learning Programs for teachers
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Recent Reviews

  1. Carolyn
    3/5,
    "Great for introducing younger children to coding"
    Content & Instruction:
    4/5,
    Depth:
    2/5,
    Materials:
    4/5,
    Assessment:
    1/5,
    Fun Factor:
    5/5,
    Accreditation:
    1/5,
    Engagement:
    3/5,
    Workload:
    4/5,
    Practicality:
    3/5,
    Pros - Expanding access to computer science
    Fun & interactive
    Lesson plans
    Good resource for teachers
    No login required
    Cons - Covers only the basics of computer science
    Mostly suited to kids only
    Code.org is a wonderful tool for introducing young learners to coding through a fun and engaging platform. Teachers can incorporate the tutorials into their lesson plans, or kids can enjoy them independently. As the tutorials only cover the basics of computer science, it's a great place to start before moving on to something offering more depth.

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