Last week my son was given a free coding class in exchange for a review for CodeWizardsHQ. We have been dabbling in code this year with other programs and it’s something my son is really interested in, so I was excited about the opportunity.
This program especially intrigued me because it is taught by a live instructor. I’m very familiar with live instruction online through my VIPKID teaching job so I know it can be an effective way of delivering instruction, but I wasn’t sure how the teaching would work in this specific platform. Each class has a small number of students assigned to it, class times vary but they are all taught by an experienced instructor.
We received our login information a few days before class began and then we made sure everything was working about 30 minutes before the class began.
Zack sat anxiously waiting for everyone to get logged in and the instructor helped everyone get to where they needed to be. We were in class with about 6 other students. For this class to work, each student needs access to a headset or a computer with a built-in microphone. Students have the ability to directly communicate with the live instructor and he is able to answer them immediately.
Once everyone was settled where they needed to be, the instructor got started explaining the project with an introduction to code and the many ways that code can be used in our lives. Students were able to participate by asking and answering questions all throughout the hour long class.
The goal for the first class was to learn how to make a simple graphic.
The class lasted about an hour. The top picture is the graphic and the bottom is the code they learned to create the graphic. The instructor went step by step explaining each specific step.
My son’s thoughts:
He certainly enjoyed the novelty of a live instructor and getting to do something he enjoys doing. He liked getting to ask questions and have them answered. He was a little frustrated with the number of questions the instructor had to field before he was able to get going with the class. Overall I think he felt that though the class was fun, it was frustrating that the students had so many questions that “he” felt took away from the lesson.
I would expect this to happen in the first class. With it only being a demo lesson and not knowing how future lessons would work once the students were familiar with the platform and how it all worked, it’s hard for me to give an opinion about the effectiveness of the overall lessons and if this would continue to be a frustration for my son or others for that matter.
Code Wizards does have a tiered program, so if you were more advanced than the beginning level, you might be able to bypass those beginning level frustrations.
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So what does something like this cost?
I’m not going to lie, it’s out of our budget. But If you have a child with a knack for computers and you have the funds I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a try. They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee. You can see the cost here.
Scholarships are available, but while this isn’t a homeschooling company, I was disappointed to see that the merit scholarship excludes homeschoolers.
What others thought:
Everyone’s experiences are different. If you want a more informed opinion please check out what others had to say about this coding program as well.
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