Coding instruction is a hot topic, and never has the role of computer programming in education been more discussed, questioned, dissected, and applauded. So what’s the big deal?
Watch this great video from Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
The opportunities that computer programming instruction in the form of coding can lead to are enormous, but, as discussed in this NY Times article, I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack,”…just 0.4 percent of all female college freshmen say they intend to major in computer science. In fact, the share of women in computer science has actually fallen over the years.”
Many young people, especially women, do not come into contact with engineers and programmers at a young age- and don’t really understand what they do. Coding provides a point of entry for everyone to learn skills that will help them throughout their lives.
As more of our commerce and education takes place on computer screens, it has become increasingly important to learn coding. Working on a computer and starting to understand exactly what is involved in making a program work puts your child in a better position to thrive.
As a great introduction for kids, check out this awesome Hour of Code instruction video to get started on coding:
Written by: Editorial Team, My Learning Springboard, Inc.