Do you have a computer whiz in your house? Or maybe someone interesting in learning how to write code? CodeWizardsHQ has a coding program for your child in the form of a live online class.
Not just for homeschoolers
CodeWizardsHQ offers coding classes for kids in sessions that last 12 weeks. Your child would take one class per week over the course of those 12 weeks. This program is geared towards any child interested in coding, whether for fun or as a potential career choice.
They also offer homeschool computer curriculum. It appears that the homeschool coding class is the same one offered to everyone else, but with a bit more flexibility and pricing options. If you can get a group of homeschool kids together for the program, you can save up $25/month.
Because it doesn’t matter whether you go to a school building to learn or you learn at home, the coding course is the same either way.
Here is a video that will help you understand a bit more about what the class is all about:
The classes are geared towards kids in grades 5 through 10. My son that took the class is in 8th grade, so right in the middle of the target grade range. He definitely understood everything that he learned in class, but it also wasn’t too easy either. I think the age range could go under 5th grade and above 10th grade, depending on the child.
What does class look like?
My son took a one-hour demo class. He actually learned quite a bit in that one hour!
Classes are done live with up to 8 students. The class is also recorded, so if you or your child wants to rewatch what happened in class, you can do that.
During class, you do not see your teacher’s face or the faces of the other children in the class. You only see the screen and the chat window. The students can talk to the teacher using the chat function and they can also speak to each other too. During my son’s class, there were times where a student would answer another student’s question in the chat box. It was sweet to see. The teacher would acknowledge it as well, which was good. It let both students know the answer was correct, but it also gave praise to the student that was trying to help.
The beginning of class was spent with the teacher asking everyone what they wanted to be called (if it was different than the name on the screen) and why they wanted to learn coding. Just a way to break the ice. I would assume she wouldn’t do that at the beginning of every class, but I’m not sure.
Then they just jumped right into learning how to code. They spent the hour making their own comic strip. Each student was able to make own comic using pictures and dialogue of their choosing.
The program has a set of pictures you can choose from or you can go online and snag a picture you find. The teacher tells the kids where to go and how to get the pictures online if that is what they want to do.
By the end of the class, each student had their own comic they had made. I think it was good for the students to see immediate results like that. They were able to immediately apply what they had learned.
What my son thought
I asked Benjamin what he would tell someone if they asked about CodeWizardsHQ.
He said it was fun and he liked it a lot. He would tell the person about how he was able to make a comic in one class. Benjamin definitely wants to sign up for more classes!
I never got a shot of his finished comic, but this is what the “back end” code of a comic might look like:
One time when he needed to insert a picture, he tried to find one online instead of using one already in the program. Apparently, the one he found was in the wrong type of code so he couldn’t use it. The teacher told him he would learn how to work around that in future lessons.
Like I said before, your child can use a headset to talk to the teacher during class or he can type questions and comments to the teacher via the chat feature in the classroom.
Unfortunately, our mic was not working, so my son wasn’t able to speak to the teacher in that way. We tried a couple of different headsets/earbuds and couldn’t get it to work. This is not the fault of the company… it was on our end. My son didn’t mind, though. He said he would rather type to speak to the teacher anyway. :) That being said, if we continued to take classes, I would want to figure out what was wrong with our computer or headset so Benjamin could talk to the teacher easier.
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