Why Should We Teach Kids to Code?

This has been on my mind for a number of years. How do we fit learning to code into an ever increasing classroom workload?  I found this graphic that looks interesting but it still doesn’t answer my question.

5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

I found this quote from a website caled www.coderevkids.com “Coding is the reading and writing of the next genaration. As our world becomes increasingly digitlal, there is nothing students can learn that is more important then becoming fluent with technology.” I like it but I am not sure there other ways of becoming tech fluent besides learning to code. This video might answer my question. Mitch Resnick directs the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab, his dedication to helping kids of all ages tinker and experiment with design. Enjoy the video.

One of my favorite articles comes from Forbes. In this article they talk about the long term effects of learning how to code. Tech Kids How To Code And You Give Them A Skill For Life.

When I first started to learn about Minecraft and I saw how excited kids were over the game. I then discovered how many students were learning how to code to change or improve on the game play. This is not an easy task because to code in Minecraft you must learn Java. Then over the years it has become much easier to code for Minecraft. Now you can even write code while playing the game. Here is someone that has taken the time to go over the basics of coding in different ways in Minecraft The Young Person’s Guide to Programming in Minecraft. I really should learn Java and this might be the best way.

But what about the common core you say? A quick Google search found a number of sites with information on that very question. Here are some good links to get you started. Coding and the common core.

I could go on and on with listing the benefits of learning to code sometimes it is all about time and commitment to a good cause. I learned to code many years ago and I feel it has given me a better understanding of technology. I shall end this with a great resource on where to start coding in your classroom. A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom. you need any help bringing coding to your classroom please tell me and I will be happy to help out.

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