In our ever-evolving technical world, coding is extremely prominent. Simply put, coding is the language used to tell a computer what to do. Coding can be used for many things, including website building, creating apps, and building computer software. To the untrained eye, coding is a complicated process that takes time to perfect. However, coding can be if taught from a young age and is a great skill and potential future career for your children. So, if you are interested in coding or you want to encourage your children to take an interest in the subject, these are the reasons why it’s such an important skill for the future.
Shaping children’s education
Coding can be taught in the most basic form from a young age. Incorporating coding into computer science lessons will benefit children in other lessons too. Richard Curtin Co-Founder of OKdo suggests that “we’ve long believed that computer science education gives kids more than just the obvious IT skills – it’s also helping children to improve their confidence in teamwork, problem-solving, communication and much more. It’s also clearly very effective at improving mathematics skills – 81% of the maths teachers we spoke to say they’ve seen first-hand that coding, in particular, helps numerical competence too”. Therefore, coding cannot get restricted to a computer skill as it can also be recognized as a skill to enhance many aspects of a child’s education.
For children, learning a new skill and receiving praise is extremely valuable throughout their development stages. As coding is a relatively easy skill to pick up, this will give children a space to thrive and get a reward for creating exciting projects. There is no cap to coding and there is unlimited room for growth, improvement and increased confidence leaving children constantly striving for more.
Future career prospects
As technology advances, the world is going technology mad! Everywhere you turn there are new forms of digital media to explore and that won’t change anytime soon. Coding is an incredible skill to be armed with when looking for a new career and, it will look extremely impressive to future employers. Not only this but, such a technical skill will get rewarded through higher pay brackets.
Coding can be challenging at times especially when faced with a complex problem. By grasping and understanding the problem using computational thinking, children will learn to come up with creative ways around it if at first they don’t succeed. This is key to teaching children to develop resilience when faced with a challenge and a level of perseverance that will also keep them focused and engaged.
It’s incredibly important for children to learn computational thinking at a young age so they can learn to take a problem, understand it and develop solutions for both humans and computers to solve. One of the benefits of learning computational thinking, the core concepts behind developing code and algorithms, is that it gives students both the tools and the idea that there are many ways to solve a problem, whilst at the same time encouraging curiosity, collaboration and communication.
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