Every high school that pursues teaching Computer Science ends up falling into teaching programming on some level. Most schools end up teaching using Microsoft’s Visual Studio or a similar development environment. But in today’s cloud based world, that doesn’t always jibe with the way schools are teaching other subjects. One of the biggest criticisms of programming over the past decade (or so) is that programmers do not learn the art of coding, they learn how to use a specific environment (Visual Studio, Borland Studio, Eclipse, etc). One of the biggest challenges for a teacher who wants to teach their students coding, and not a specific environment is finding an easy-to-use, easy for students to access, device and network independent method for students to write and debug code. And to be able to do it a number of different computer programming languages! Enter Compilr. Compilr is an online (device independent, yes, read that as it works on iPads and Chromebooks) code editor and sandbox that allows students to write code from anywhere, anytime. All you need is your device, and an Internet connection. It works on iPads, iPhones, Windows, Windows RT, Android and Google Chromebook devices seamlessly. It even includes support for touchscreen interaction. And, as an added bonus, if you are teaching advanced coding with a GIT repository — you can just put that info in and import those projects. Compilr is PERFECT for a school looking to get into the “Hour of Coding” and not invest any new resources.
“Compilr is an online editor & sandbox that lets you write your code all from the comfort of your browser. We do all the heavy lifting so you can just focus on writing and learning code!” – Compilr.Com
Sound awesome? Well it gets a better! Tired of saving code on Dropbox or a USB drive? No more — Compilr serves as a central repository for all your code and allows you to create and share groupings of code for classroom activities!
Not actively in a class or you want to hone your skills on your own? Compilr includes access to many tutorials and videos on coding in various languages. Compilr goes a long way to achieving the cloud-based programming platform that almost every programming instructor has been longing for.