4 Reasons to Teach Your Students How to Code

Children are our future. Technology is our future. Prepare tomorrow’s workforce by teaching your students how to code today.

Coding, programming and web development are not only highly useful skills to teach our kids, but also leads them down the path of successful problem-solving and communication skills, all while still allowing them to be creative. To teach your students how to code is to teach them how to learn. Here are a few reasons why it helps.

1. Utilizing Creative and Writing Skills

Learning how to code is a great way to expand students’ writing skills. Students don’t have to be a wiz at math and science to be able to code. Many coding apps today engage the minds and curiosity of students and help teach basic fundamental skills, while fostering the creative minds of those who enjoying writing, drawing, and reading. Most students should learn how to write. Writing is POWERFUL and requires more skill than jotting a few words down on paper. It challenges the brain into new ways of thinking and helps students organize their way of thinking, reflect on their ideas, and learn to communicate effectively.

2. The 21st Century Career

how to codeWith the recent digitization of human life, careers students will have in the 21st century will include and require some type of coding skill. Kids today are born into the digital age. Mobile phones and tablets are a natural part of life now. Over the next 20 years, programming and coding will be in even higher demand. If we don’t teach coding in schools, we will be leaving millions of students unprepared for the requirements of the future workforce.

3. Coding Builds Self-Confidence

Students who struggle in the classroom will appreciate coding and programming because it’s a controlled environment – controlled by THEM. Students have the ability to work at their own pace, while learning a new skill and a solution for a program. Coding has no “right way” or defined path, which allows the freedom for students to succeed on their own time and in their own way. And not just for boys. Girls who learn to code will be able to see how creative coding is and can bring a fresh perspective to the computing fields. Boys and girls can express themselves in really cool ways with coding and some even see it as the closest thing to a superpower that can be taught.

4. Like Learning a New Language

how to codeLearning a new language is best when done young. Like language, the process of programming logic and concepts can stick better and have more of an impact on the student when learned at a young age. With hard earned persistence and confidence, the ability to master the coding language will create another viable skill set to add to a student’s resume.

Students should have opportunities and learning how to code will give them opportunities otherwise beyond their reach. The core curriculum should include STEM courses and have expanded participation by making it available in ALL schools. This generation of students has the benefit of utilizing a skill that will not only transform their education, but their lives as well. Teaching our students how to code is crucial from a cultural and educational standpoint. The world is morphing into a new era and we have to make sure our kids aren’t left behind.

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  1. Duane Carroll says:

    How would you explain what coding is to a typical high school student?

  2. Great question! Computers follow instructions. Coders learn a special language that tells a computer what to do – As a coder you are effectively learning to control a machine. Today, that could be almost anything as computers (or computer processors) are embedded into everything from clothing to cars to phones to sports equipment. Coders can specialize as well, you could write instructions (code) for software like “Angry Birds” or create code that protects a Bank from cyber attacks. Here’s a link that goes a little deeper into the subject, and does a good job of explaining coding in common language: http://www.codeconquest.com/what-is-coding/how-does-coding-work/ We also recommend you check out our friends at Girls Who Code: https://girlswhocode.com

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