Guest Blog Post by Livio Bolzon
A year ago, Chase Engelbrecht and I came up with the idea for Codemoji.com, a way for students to learn how to code while having fun with emojis. As a teacher you might think emojis and the coding curriculum can’t go hand in hand, but our team has found a way.
What is Codemoji?
Each lesson starts with step-by-step, multimodal instructions: text and a computerized text-to-speech option, followed by drag-and-drop animated instructions showing Codemoji moving from the Emoji Box into the Text Editor (in HTML lessons only). Students can run and get instant feedback on their code and progress at their own speed.
Codemoji also has a fun way to build animations in the workshop.
Devices That Will Run Codemoji.com
Chromebooks, laptops or desktop computers that are running an updated version of Google Chrome or other supported browsers current version of Chrome is 58 will run codemoji.com.
For younger students such as those in 1st – 2nd grade, headphones are very helpful, as we have text to speech features for them.
How Can Teachers Use Codemoji?
Students tab under teacher dashboard:
Codemoji In The Classroom?
If you would like to use Codemoji as part of a class, you can do this by showing the students how the platform works and giving them a quick overview. Then let them proceed on their own since Codemoji is self paced. You, the teacher, can then walk around the classroom and help students as needed.
In the teacher dashboard you can track all the students’ progress by clicking on the student’s name in the students tab. Also in the students tab we have lights to the left of the student names that you can use to see what the students are doing and if the students need help. The students will have a light on all of their lessons and if they click this light it will show up in your dashboard as red which means they need help. If the light is blue that means they are in the webpage build or the workshop. If the light is grey that means the student is not online. If the light is green that means the student is online.
Codemoji can be used many different ways but it was designed with the classroom in mind first and that’s why schools and students love it because it has everything they need to be successful learners.
My name is Livio Bolzon and I am 21 from Chicago IL. I am a fan of the Chicago Cubs and I went to Whitney Young High School and now I go to Northwestern University where I study computer science. I am the Co-Founder of Codemoji.com a platform to teach students programming.