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While you may not know much about coding, your kids probably do! Learn about the importance of technology in the future, and how it will impact your children.
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Technology over the past two decades has
advanced in huge leaps. Our lives have been greatly changed by the advances
brought by technology. However it is the present day children who have truly
adopted technology. They have grown up with tech, and using it comes naturally.
They are using tech for learning in school, for their games and even for
socializing. But what children are not really learning is how this tech works
and that is very crucial for a generation heavily dependent on technology.
the first country this year to make computer programming a compulsory school
subject at all levels. Computer programming subjects start from the age of 5!
While in the
U.S we have not started a structured school program for coding, there are camps
focusing on technology. It is not necessary we put our children through a very
structured program. Even if we initiate them to the world of coding that brings
many advantages. Firstly it may be something that they actually have fun with
and find a very side project. Coding is like a trade skill, it can help you no
matter what you do in life.
your kids coding is the same as exposing them to a second language. While they
will not speak code to communicate in public, but by learning to code they will
reap the same benefits one does when learning a second language. Learning a
second language improves comprehension skills and overall cognitive
function is boosted.
So why should
you teach your children to code? Here are some of our favorite reasons.
1. It’s like giving them
building blocks but better
Children are ecstatic when using their
beloved Legos out of which they build their first skyscraper, race or
dinosaur. Coding is just like a box of
blocks, only it has almost limitless possibilities. So if your child knows how
to code, and then pairs that coding knowledge with a Raspberry Pi, they shall
have their very own drone built from scratch. Or my favorite project
using a Raspberry Pi is the construction of a fitness monitor.
If your kid does not feel like dabbling in
hardware, they could make their very own app. It can be a fun venture and a
profitable one too, simultaneously. And which kid does not want to be a game developer. The possibilities
after learning coding are almost endless.
2. It opens doors to a
There is a huge demand for people with good
coding skills in the job market. And coding is just like a language, the
earlier you learn it, the more proficient or “fluent” will you be at it.
Over the next
10 years it is expected that coding professionals will be in huge demand across
all industries. Such is the universal demand for coding that 67% of the demand is
forecasted to be coming from outside the tech sector! There will be 1.4 million
jobs to fill, matched by only 400,000 graduates in computer science!
3. Learning to code develops
Coding is language, and a very logical one
at that. By learning to code you are essentially learning the language by which
you can teach a machine to carry out a number of tasks. The better you are at
coding, the more you can teach the machine. So for each task you want the
machine to perform, you have to write a code that gets the “message” across,
while being as brief as possible. As you can guess, achieving this is quite the
Coding is a challenge which develops our children’s’
problem solving abilities and inoculates creativity in them. Even if they do
not take up coding as a profession, skills acquired as a result of learning to
code are relevant all across life.
teaching code as a substitute of the traditional wood-shop or home economics class
in schools. Coding is the new essential life skill that we should equip our
children with. It can give them a whole new tool set and
very well set them on a successful career path later in the future.
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