Thursday, May 3, 2018

CodeWizardsHQ {Homeschool Crew Review}

Do you have a student who's interested in computer programming? CodeWizardsHQ may be a great option for your child. CodeWizardsHQ offers live classes in computer programming.  These are 12 week courses, as you can see on their general page and their homeschooling page. The classes are intended for students ages 10-18.
Why bother with coding? Statistics show that computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States. Computer Science graduates supposedly earn 40% more than those who graduate outside of the computer sciences (I am not sure if that includes the medical fields or not).

CodeWizardsHQ was started by a father who was searching for a live, online coding class for his daughter. Since he couldn't find anything, he developed his own program. Your student will have weekly 1-hour hands-on interactive classes, with live remote instruction; video recordings of those classes, so your student can watch over again as needed; 24/7 access to the platform; and a student community for interaction with fellow students.
Your student will learn real world programming, using such languages as:  HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python. It is project based. This is great for college preparation, and for career readiness.

"At the end of each 12-week course students are assigned a capstone project that incorporates all the skills learned during that course. Every student who successfully completes this capstone project receives a certificate of completion, recognizing the skills they’ve learned and the level of mastery they’ve achieved."
We were offered the opportunity to attend a single, one-hour demo class, which was enough to just whet our appetites. We were sent an email, with our login information.
After logging in, we were taken to this dashboard. To join the class, we clicked the "join class" button, and were taken to the class in GoToMeeting. The computer requirements for CodeWizardsHQ are a computer with a browser and internet connection, of course. You also need either speakers and microphone, or a headset with mic.
I think our mic would have worked with the laptop, but we couldn't hear anything through the speakers. So SJ used the headset. Of course, that meant I couldn't listen in, which also meant I couldn't help SJ with any instructions that were given for the project they were to work on during the class.
I guess he was supposed to make a nine-panel comic. I noticed he wasn't doing anything, and it seemed the instructor wasn't really instructing (like she was waiting for the students to work on their projects), so SJ handed me the headset. I asked if he was supposed to be doing something. So she told me what he was supposed to be working on, so I could show him what he was to be doing: basically copying and pasting the same code several times, to create the panels.
Then he was supposed to alter each segment of code to create variations to each panel. Well, by this time, class time had run out. So this is what he ended up with.
I can see how beneficial this program would be! I think it would be great for students who want to learn coding. I am just not sure that SJ, with his expressive-receptive language disorder, would be able to do this (although he has expressed the desire to create online games for a career...).

Then there is the matter of cost: $149 a month, for three months, per course. There is a sibling discount at least.
I think it's great that the classes are kept small, only 6-8 students per class.

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