Monday, August 15, 2016

Learning to Code Emoji Style

If you are still looking for a way that your students can learn to code in a fun way why not try something different.  If you could teach your students to code in their language would it help?  Now I know that you have heard me talk about the benefits of CodeacademyCode.org and Scratch over the years but why not try something a little out of the ordinary that may be able to reach your student on a different level.


What is it, you ask?  Well it is a fun interactive way to learn to code using emoji characters.  Yes, I said emoji characters.  With this unique style of learning basic coding your students can master the concepts and the functions of coding without having to learn the actual language right off the start.  The coding "language" can be as different and daunting to students as much as learning a foreign language, which in fact could be considered a foreign language in and of itself.  Codemoji offers adaptable lessons for student learning at their own pace.  You can just go to their website and click on the Go Learn button and move through their tutorials.  If you create an account within the site you can keep track of your progress and pick up where you left off in a prior session.  This allows your students to progress at their own pace and move back and forth within the lessons.  If you have students that are ready for a challenge you can have them click on the Go Play button which allows them to create their own webpage content and test it out to see what it looks like.

Go Learn

In this tutorial you are using a Playground testing area with the emoji's on the right side of the screen.  As students progress through the tutorials they will be required to drag and drop the emoji's onto the coding area of the screen.  When they feel they have completed the skill they can click Run Code and test out the code to see if it correct.  If they have not completed the skill correctly the system will identify the problem and will give the student the opportunity to correct the code and test it again before they move on to the next skill.  In the code window the student also has the opportunity to click a tab that will switch from the emoji code to the actual HTML coding.  This will give them an opportunity to see the actual code as they learn each new skill.



All in all the website seems to be yet another very quick and easy opportunity for students to get their feet wet with learning to code.  The adaptability of the site to change the learning outcome for the students based on their progression through the tutorials is very good and will help student to better understand what they are learning.  I would recommend that this is a definite add to your list of sites/apps that you can use with your students to help them learn coding.


video provided by: Codemoji via YouTube

1 comment:

Livio Bolzon said...

Thank You very much Evan for finding our project so early on in production. Thank you for the amazing story on our project. We would love for you to email us at livio@codemoji.com so we can give you first updates on whats coming next for codemoji and do anything we can to help you to get this platform in more classroom and homes across the world.
Emojion

Best,
Codemoji TEAM