I live in a household of Tech Geeks. They get it naturally from me. I got it naturally from my own Father and my Grandfather on my Mother’s side. We come from a long line of computer geeks. So when I saw the review come up for Code For Teens and their book Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1), I knew this was meant for us!
My grandfather on my Mother’s side set up and coded the first IBM computers used by the military many, many decades ago. He was super smart and gifted. My Father, I later learned, used to build desktop computers and program them just for fun. He was really good at it.
I personally have a long history with computers as well. I’m the Tech friend that others come to when they can’t figure out something with their phones or computers. I’m the one who set up some of their social media when they were just lost about how to use it. I’m the one often teaching the ins and outs.
All of my children love devices from our computers, to gaming systems to our iPads. Like me, they enjoy the ins and outs of the digital age and can set up programs with little help. It’s just something that seems to come naturally to us all.
We’ve done some coding products for review in the past but I’ve often wanted an actual book they could hold in their hands to learn from. Unfortunately, many of those are complicated and over their heads for children. Code For Teens is not.
Written by Jeremy Moritz and illustrated Christine Moritz, Code For Teens is approximately 220 pages in length, filled with chapters on how to program. This book is designed to be used by the student, without parental supervision. It is important that you as the educator read through the beginning of the book, and the end, and that you check in with your student as they work through the chapters on their own.
You will also need to make sure your student has or is able to download the Chrome browser on their computer in order to work through the programming used in this book. Everything else they should be able to easily do on their own with just the computer and the book at hand.
Coding is so much fun. I use it almost daily in writing reviews. My children enjoy using it creating as well on their games.
Each chapter begins by telling the student about what they’re doing and giving them prompts to try and compute. Then it gives a quiz to see how the student is coming along. This is followed with a concept review and then drills to complete. By the end of each chapter the student should have a solid grasp of what has been discussed.
The back of the book features the answer key for all the programming used in the book. It also features a glossary of terms. This book is so simply written. It thoroughly covers all the aspects needed for your student to achieve success without the parent holding their hand. It’s wonderful start to creating independence in learning.
Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1) is $25 with free shipping to order in 48 of the 50 US states.
You can also find Code For Teens on Facebook at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CodeForTeens/.
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