DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND OUR KIDS
Digital technology is at the very heart of each and every industry and code is
the language of computers, so it makes sense we need to teach our children to
write, read, understand and create code, just as we teach any other language.
We spend many years teaching the alphabet, then words, sentences, reading and
writing to our children, and many go on to learn a second language. Coding is
now being seen as just that, another language to be studied at school or home,
and used in everyday life.
Many schools are now introducing units of work on coding and teachers are
integrating it into their planning and teaching. No longer is coding seen as
the domain of just those in the IT field, it can be a language for everyone.
Coding for kids is creative and can be a way to express oneself with a computer.
Coding for kids encourages real life skill building such as computational
thinking, the idea of learning as a process not a product, sequencing and
mathematical concepts. It also encourages persistence, perseverance and problem
Here’s why learning to code is so important for children:
Coding drives innovation. From self-driving cars to robot-assisted surgery
to social media, computer science is revolutionizing every aspect of our
lives. Coding is a fundamental skill that children need to learn so they
can lead this movement.
Coding allows kids to be creative. They can create projects
that do really amazing things.
Coding builds confidence. It is incredibly empowering for children to be
able to create projects and show them off to family and friends.
Coding is best learned early.Learning to code is similar to
learning a second language. The earlier that children are exposed to fundamental
topics like sequencing, loops, and conditionals, the more deeply
they absorb these concepts.
Coding translates to success in other areas.Learning to
program supports learning in other areas, like math, reading, and science.