There is so much talk about learning to code and how important it is for children and students to learn to code, it is not limited to boys but girls too should be included. So you might be wondering why your child should learn to code? Coding is the art of telling a computer how to perform complex tasks. Once you know how to code, you can create virtual worlds within the computer where the only limit on what is possible is your imagination.
Learning to code means learning how to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively. And these skills are applicable to any profession — as well as to expressing yourself in your personal life, too. (TED Blog). According to Year of Code, “code is the language we use to instruct computers.”
- By 2020 there will be 1,000,000 more jobs than students in computer science.
- 67% of software jobs are outside the tech industry – in banking, retail, government, entertainment, etc. We need ALL our children prepared for the 21st century.
- Anyone can learn to code. In a few hours you can pick up the basic skills and in a few weeks you will be able to build useful applications and websites.
- We are already living in a world dominated by software and software is the language of our world. In the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today.
- Computational thinking encourages people to think like a computer scientist and is useful for everyone. Computational thinking teaches you how to tackle large problems by breaking them down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable problems and this is what is necessary in the world. (cmu.edu)
More and more educators and Companies increasingly suggest that computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.
Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The website at code.org has a list of coding tutorials and games to encourage coding with or without a computer for all ages and as young as 4. Create your own game, coding tutorial for beginners, Learn coding with Frozen and many more.
Watch this video about the importance of the access to computers and learning to code.
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The power of being able to code is the power to turn your ideas into reality…you think something and you can “code it” to happen.
There are several steps and online resources to help you learn how to code at home. We are also hoping that more and more schools would include this into their core curriculum to ensure our children are equipped for the future.