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New Product Reviews: CompuScholar Information Technology Materials

CompuScholar's Information Technology MaterialsLearning List has reviewed each of CompuScholar’s submissions for Texas’ Proclamation 2017 call for CTE products that support instruction in information technology courses. Each product is discussed briefly below:

  •  Java Programming (Abridged) is a web-based, computer science course for high school students. It is a two-semester course that addresses the Java programming language, a primary programming language used by today’s software industry.  This course requires no previous programming experience and supports instruction for Computer Science I.
  • TeenCoder: Windows Programming is a web-based, computer science course for high school students. Instruction addresses one of the primary programming languages, C#, used by today’s software industry.  Similar to Java Programming (Abridged), this course requires no previous programming experience and support instruction for Computer Science I.
  • Digital Savvy is comprehensive, year-long, online course that introduces students to concepts in information technology. Content meets the requirements for Principles of Information Technology courses. Instruction addresses a broad range of topics, including basics of computer hardware, operating systems, networks, social media, commonly used software programs (e.g., spreadsheets), and the role of technology in the workplace.
  • KidCoder: Web Design is a year-long, online course that covers all topics generally included in introductory web-design programs at the middle school and high school levels. Content addresses the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills needed to create websites. Instruction meets the requirements for Texas Web Technologies courses.

 

About CompuScholar*

Using a love of computers and programming to inspire a new generation, and frustrated by a lack of proper teaching materials for young students, CompuScholar founders Chris and Andrea Yust set out to make a difference. They worked together to create courses that would teach professional programming languages in a fun way that students could understand and that non-technical teachers and parents could teach.

Chris and Andrea have co-written more than eight introductory computer programming textbooks for kids and teens. The entire CompuScholar team continues to work to make Computer Science education approachable and available to all.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from CompuScholar.

 

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New Review: CompuScholar’s Kid Coder – Web Design

[Source: CompuScholar, Inc.]

[Source: CompuScholar, Inc.]

CompuScholar’s KidCoder: Web Design is a year-long, online course that covers all topics generally included in introductory web-design programs at the middle school and high school level. Instruction meets the requirements for Texas Web Design courses and no prior programming experience is required. The course addresses the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills needed to create websites in both the Windows and Mac operating systems. Learning List has recently completed a review of the online course.

Click Image for YouTube Video Demo [courtesy of CompuScholar]

Click Image for YouTube Video Demo [courtesy of CompuScholar]

KidCoder: Web Design introduces students to the basic concepts of web design, such as web languages and the organization of content. Instruction builds across the year to cover more advanced topics, including the use of graphics, audio, and video; HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript skills; and jQuery. Most lessons contain a closed-captioned video, a lesson text, and a quiz. Videos are narrated slide shows or animations that introduce and demonstrate web programming and design tasks. Lesson texts complement videos, providing more in depth coverage of content.

Each chapter includes one or more hands-on projects and ends with a summative test. The course’s mid-term and final exam are projects in which students work with peers to create their own websites. Supplemental lessons and projects are provided to extend instruction and meet advanced student needs. Click here for a free trial.

About CompuScholar, Inc.*

The company was founded by software engineers with many years of experience in the software industry. CompuScholar has a passion for quality computer programming and encourages students of all ages to learn best practices and modern technical skills.

A love of computers starts early. Many computer programmers write their first programs in middle school. Their courses let kids and teens take that important first step towards what could become a lifelong hobby, career, and passion!

CompuScholar is led by Chris Yust, a 17-year computer science veteran and author of eight computer programming textbooks for children. Chris has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and has run a professional consulting company for over a decade. Chris regularly speaks at workshops, telling teachers and parents that computer science really isn’t that scary after all. CompuScholar, Inc. offers curriculum tailored for public and private school systems. Individuals who wish to purchase the same material in a self-study format can visit their sister company, Homeschool Programming, Inc.

* The content in this section is provided by or adapted from CompuScholar, Inc.

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