Review: Simply Coding
Updated: Oct 3
When I first looked at Simply Coding, after receiving a Coding for Kids Annual Membership, all I saw was the computer programming aspect of it. Homeschool coding courses are a needed thing. In college I took computer programming and discovered I had no innate talent in it. I took C through some of the HTML one and I found it to be very helpful. He still was struggling with it but he has little motivation/interest. For a kid that is motivated or at least interested this Simply Coding part of the site covers the basics and is very good.
Maybe the programming gene also missed our son, but what I discovered is that Simply Coding is so much more than just "coding." There is also a media section of the website. As a professional photographer, the media section was of interest to me. I completed the Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photography module. All three were entirely top notch and I have plans for C to take these over next summer when his hefty course load has diminished. He has expressed interest in learning photography for a while now, and this would be just the jumpstart he'd need! Considering some online photography courses cost hundreds of dollars, this is a great way to get your feet wet for a lower price and also have options of learning coding and other skills as well.
The courses I took and completed were the Lightroom and Photoshop courses. I did not complete the photography one but got several lessons into it and it looks perfect for a beginner! The Lightroom course highlights how Lightroom is NOT Photoshop, and gets into all of the major things that are useful about the program. I wish I had had this when I learned Lightroom! I am self-taught so there were a few things even I learned and I have used this program for a decade. Other things were great review! For Photoshop I learned quite a bit. I have pretty well mastered the abilities of Photoshop Elements. Photoshop is so much more fun. Most things covered were also in Elements, but it is a great overview of Photoshop in general.
The courses I took were both of a similar format. There was a video lesson followed by a quiz. You needed to get a certain score on each quiz to advance to the next lesson. At the end of the course there is a final exam.
I intend to take a few more of the courses myself. I am going to do the videography one as my skills could use some honing. I am hoping they get into editing a bit but just video capture tips, aside from what I know as a photographer, would be of great help, I am sure. A few other media courses really interested me as well. I know C would really enjoy learning through them.