An Introduction to Coding
A way to learn about new coding resources for your classroom
What will you learn?
Computer science drives innovation in the U.S. economy and society. Despite growing demand for the jobs in the field, it remains marginalized throughout the U.S. K-12 education system.
The earlier students come in contact with coding the more proficient they will become. This can lead to more in depth learning of coding in middle and high school. Becoming more advanced in coding won't just help the future programmers in the room, it also helps develop important skills such as:
- Logical Thinking
- Problem Solving
The New York Times says,
Exposing students to coding from an early age helps to demystify and area that can be intimidating. It also breaks down stereotypes of computer scientists as boring geeks. Plus, they say, programming is highly creative. Studying it can equip students for a world transformed by technology.
The CEO of Code.Org makes his point for why children should learn coding early on by saying,
Students learn fast at a young age, before stereotypes suggest coding is too difficult, just for nerds, or just for boys. Besides, building apps or games is far more engaging than arithmetic, yet these activities all teach the same concepts. Third-grade students can learn about angles as they work on animation, not just with multiple-choice questions.