Coding for Kids?

 

What do you think about coding for kids?

A couple of days ago, I got an email from Mark Zuckerberg. I’m sure other Facebook followers or participants in change.org did, too. The email involved a new petition on change.org focusing on computer science in public schools.  The petition was requesting signatures to convince Congress to support teaching computer science in schools.

The jobs that are needed in this country have changed dramatically over the past twenty years. You should no longer just choose a major based on what you may want to do with your life. Your interests should play a smaller part than it did years ago. To be successful, you should also look at the jobs that are needed in this country and right now these jobs increasingly deal with computer science.

Coding for Kids

In junior high I took both a typing class and an introduction to PowerPoint, which I failed miserably at, by the way. These classes, though, are minimal compared to what knowledge and application of technology is needed today.

Coding is one of the many technological intricacies needed to help kids of today have a bright future tomorrow.

Coding for Kids

Coding for Beginners using Scratch is a simple coding book meant for children ages 9 and older. Children can use this book along with the online portion which will teach children the basics of Scratch (a free, online program developed by MIT which is widely used in elementary schools).

Children as young as one come into this world understanding very quickly how to use cell phone and remote controls. These children, much like my generation, will readily use video games and social media. But instead of using technology solely for social applications, let’s prepare children for their future.

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All the Best,

Cristina

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