What does my child need to know to successfully complete this class?
This online course has been designed for beginners. The recommended age is 5th grade and up. At a minimum your student should have covered the following topics:
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Decimal notation and place value
- Simple geometric formulas (area of squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles)
- Understand degrees in a circle, diameter, and radius
Skills that are helpful are:
- Basic typing skills.
- Ability to open and save files on a computer.
Exposure to cartesian coordinates. This is helpful, but this course assumes the student is learning coordinates for the first time.
How much time will this require of me as a parent?
Once you setup a login for your student, they can login begin working through the video lessons in sequence. The course keeps track of their progress, and will automatically return them to the lesson where they left off. No need to create lesson plans. Most students can utilize the lessons with minimal supervision from a teacher.
Is this course only for kids who want to become professional programmers?
Absolutely, not. Even if your child may not intend to be a programmer professionally, computer programming provides many benefits such as:
- Building problem solving skills
- Building creativity
- Building logic skills
- Constructive use of screen time
- Encouraging kids to be creators vs. consumers
What if I'm not tech savvy or don't know anything about programming?
Then you are in the right place! Our goal is for the videos to do the teaching without any prior knowledge needed by the student or parent. And, if you do get stuck we are just an email away to help you get on track. Whether it's getting software installed, or a problem with an assignment that you just can't get to work.
Is this a live virtual class?
No. At this time this class is delivered as pre-recorded video lessons. Support is available by email.
Do I need to buy additional software?
No. The Python software used in this course is available for free and the course shows how install it.
What kind of computer do I need?
To complete the lessons your student needs to have a Mac or a Windows 10 PC. The teacher uses a PC in the videos so most will find it easiest to use a PC also. Please note that notebooks running Windows 10 in S-Mode may not be able to install the Python software.