The Connected Generation #1: Coding For Kids

Teaching kids how to code gives them a better understanding of how to work with computers. 

 
It’s March Break!  For those of you taking time off to spend with your kids, your week might involve taking a vacation, planning day trips, or relaxing and staying at home.
 
For others, it might mean getting up and going to work.
 
In honour of March Break, Triella is spending the week investigating some of the technology trends and activities that are currently engaging children and the younger generation as a whole.
 
First up: Coding for Kids.
 
Technology is advancing so quickly that kids today have access to devices and applications that earlier generations did not.  As a result, there is a demand to teach children simple and fundamental technology skills early on so that they have the knowledge required to obtain good jobs.
 
Teaching kids how to code is one of these popular initiatives.  Programs like Kids Learning Code and Sylvan Coding for Kids work to teach kids basic coding and computer science skills.  These skills include:
 

  • Basic Programming –  the basic idea surrounding concepts like algorithms, HTML, and recursion
  • Problem Solving
  • Computer-Literacy

 
Kids are taught to code through a variety of different methods.  A popular method involves the use of interactive games or puzzles where kids complete a variety of different tasks designed to teach them about coding.
 
For example, applications such as SCRATCH and Tynker, and Disney’s Frozen Learn to Code game challenges boys and girls to use basic coding skills to complete specific tasks and puzzles which allows them to advance in the game or application.  It helps to bring out kids’ creative sides, keeps them engaged, and teaches them the basic fundamentals of coding.
 
This article provides more information on popular coding applications and programs for kids.
 
Technology is a prevalent force in our society.  Coding and computer science are becoming two fundamental skills needed to survive and thrive in the workplace.  As a result, the push for kids to be taught basic coding and computer skills at a young age is at an all-time high.
 
By encouraging kids to learn coding, the following questions should be considered: how will society be affected by a growth in people’s coding and computer science skills?  Will Coding and Computer Science join the ranks of subjects such as Biology and English as requirements in school?  What advancements can we expect and how quickly in the near future if more people are technologically-savvy?
 
Time, I guess, will tell.
 
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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