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Top Four Reasons You Should Teach Your Kids to Code
1. Coding Helps Kids Develop Problem Solving Skills
Linda Liukas, founder of the Rails Girls coding organization, describes computational thinking as a "a way to structure your thinking in a way a computer understands it." According to Sol Shaikh, a teacher of tech, computational thinking is, "the logical thought process, the ability to spot mistakes, and a willingness to solve a problem." These skills all come from learning to code.
Although my experience is not vast, I have worked with coding enough personally and with my students to see these skills being developed first hand. Coding rarely works right the first time. In order to make a game, program or character work, one must be constantly evaluating the written code, the process, and the order of things. This ability to stick with a task through it's completion and all of the skills that come from learning to code can be helpful in any career and in every aspect of life.
"Learning to write program stretches your mind, helps you think better, and creates a way of thinking that I think is helpful in all domains." -Bill Gates
2. It is the Wave of the Future
Check out these statistics on the growing job market for computer programmers:
Technology isn't going away!
3. Learning Coding Empowers Kids
Coding gives kids tools to express themselves in really cool ways. With a spike in technology use in education today, there are surprisingly few schools who extend technology use into the coding arena. Kids no longer just need to know how to use technology but how to create it.
4. Coding is the New Literacy
Computing is a language. Learning to code expands our options for communication in the same way learning a new language, such as Spanish or French, does. Coding is quickly becoming the universal language. Being able to speak the language of code will prepare our kids to thrive in this technology rich world.
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