Technology is all around us, so it is essential that children have an understanding of coding which is basic literacy in our digital world. Learning to code not only helps students understand their digital world, but it also improves communication, creativity, math, writing, and confidence. More so, learning to code provides a solid foundation for your child’s future success both academically and personally.
At the most basic level, coding is a method of communicating with a computer. It uses language that a computer understands to give a computer instructions in order to perform specific functions. Coding allows us to create things such as computer software, websites, apps and video games.
Coding is better when learning begins early because it helps children gain an appreciation for how things work and develops problem-solving skills. These skills are essential for academic achievement and future careers. Learning how to solve problems is a life skill that that is easier to learn young and continues to improve and develop over time. When children face challenges throughout life, they can use their sophisticated problem-solving skills to navigate solutions.
Learning to code is a challenge for kids that teaches them tenacity and success. They begin to understand that when you fail, you can learn from the mistakes, bounce back and begin again. This resilience is an important life skill that will assist with the obstacles and challenges faced throughout life. When kids learn from their mistakes and eventually reach success, they realize that facing obstacles and experimenting leads to success.
Coding helps children learn how to think differently. Students learn more than just typing code into a computer; they learn how to think logically. They will learn how to take a big problem and break it down into smaller pieces until it is solved.
Computer programming is not always connected to creativity but learning how to code helps children understand how to experiment which gives them the confidence to be creative. They get to design something and watch it come to life. They can design games and activities which adds to the fun of coding.
Learning to code is like learning any other language, it is better to start early and improves with consistent and regular classes that get more advanced over time.
It can begin as early as elementary school and progress through middle school and high school. Continuous courses that advance with your child allow them to build skills and gain a more advanced understanding of how to code.
Start with Digital Arts to Begin Your Technology Journey
Advance with Block-based Coding
Scratch is a visual programming language that allows students to create their own interactive stories, games and animations. Children learn to create and animate digital characters, objects, and backgrounds. During this early stage, children gain an understanding of the building blocks of coding and logic by using a simple and intuitive language. As they progress through the courses in Scratch, they learn to use coding concepts to make storyboards, games, and more exciting animations. At the advanced level of Scratch, tailored to elementary students, they learn how to combine the power of mathematics and programming to create complex games and interactive apps. Students gain an in depth understanding of more sophisticated algorithms.
Learn to Build and Interact
During upper elementary and early middle school, students can take classes in Robotics. Robotics is the intersection of science, engineering and technology that produces machines/robots that imitate human actions. Using Microbit – a tiny computing device designed by the BBC, students build on basic programming knowledge to gain a deep understanding of how software and hardware work together. As they progress, they learn to interact with machines using an Arduino – a compact hardware-software platform. Students will create a basic robot that interacts in the real world.
Master Text-based Coding with Python
In the most advanced courses, students learn to use Java. Java is a programming language that is used to develop desktop and mobile applications, big data processing, embedded systems, and more. Students learn to code just about anything – from apps, to websites, to operating systems. A specially designed college-level introduction to computing courses will prepare students for the AP Computer Science Principles exam. Students learn to use computer science to solve problems, understand CS fundamentals and learn to design and evaluate programs.
Giving your child the opportunity to learn about technology and the way computers work will provide them an advantage in life. Learning to code while they are young and continuing throughout school will set them up for a successful future.