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Coding For Kids Annual Membership from Simply Coding – A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you are looking for a homeschool computer science curriculum, I recommend checking out Coding for Kids Annual Membership from Simply Coding. As a blogger, I recognize the importance of learning how to code, so when I saw the opportunity to review this product, I was excited. I wanted to review this product myself.

According to their website, Simply Coding provides, “A self-paced interactive online curriculum that teaches youth how to code their own computer games, websites, and apps through the correct structure and environment.” However, it is not a drag and drop formula. Instead, the site teaches coding through games and code in an actual text editor and how to host their creations online through github.

The site provides four different learning pathways including Simply Coding, Simply Media, Simply Tech Essentials, and Simply Tech4Kids. The Simply Coding pathway includes courses for: Intro to Websites, JavaScript Game Design, and Minecraft Mods in Java. Although more courses are available for purchase. Simply Tech Essential includes courses for Microsoft Excel, Microsoft OneNote, how to build your own computer and more. Simply Media includes courses for Digital Photography, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Camtasia, and more. Simply Tech4Kids inlcudes courses in Intro to Programming: Scratch, Google Applications 4Kids, Tux Paint 4Kids, and more.

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Each pathway then includes a variety of courses the student can elect to complete in whatever order they wish. Each course contains a syllabus that lays out the additional items that are required, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom for the media pathway. Students select the course they wish to begin with by clicking on it. Then, they complete the lessons in order using videos and text on the screen.

I began my journey with the Simply Coding pathway and elected to begin with “Intro to Websites”. The one caution I have about using this site concerns having two different ways of navigating through the sections. Grey arrows allow students to move to the next page in a section, while a gray button at the bottom allows students to move onto the next section. It is important to recognize these differences. At the end of each section/module students must pass each quiz with at least 80 percent to move onto the next section. These quizzes allow the students to retake them.

As a mother of four, I strongly urge watching the videos first and then reading the xt. I know personally I would need the notes to answer the questions. When the students complete all the portions of a course, they have a test to take. My concern about this test results from it being timed and students having only one opportunity to pass it.

I have to say I found the videos to be engaging and worth watching. While I can read the text fine, listening to the instructor made it easier to follow the steps. I love how hints are provided for each action I had to take in the coding. Some parts of coding are complex, making them difficult to determine exactly what steps I needed to take. But with he hints, I could do what was necessary. Here is a sample of coding I did and what that coding turned into for me.

My next pathway I am working on the Adobe Photoshop CC: Part 1 course in the Simply Media pathway. As a blogger I recognize the importance of images, so I feel this is an excellent path to go through now. I also plan on going through part 2 of the Photoshop course and the Lightroom course. From there, I plan on starting the Simply Tech4Kids section.

Even though I am an adult, I find the information presented valuable and definitely understandable. So whether someone is just starting out or trying to improve their skills, this online computer science program has a lot to offer.

You can find Simply Coding on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplycoding/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SimplycodingOrg/featured

So if you are looking for a homeschool computer science curriculum, I recommend checking out Coding for Kids Annual Membership from Simply Coding.

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