Coding is a new literacy that is becoming an essential part of every next generation learning classroom. In Scientist Mitch Resnick’s Ted Talk, he speaks about the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them. Here is an excerpt from his analogy:
“When kids learn to code , it enables them to learn many other things, opens up many new opportunities for learning. It’s useful to make an analogy to reading and writing, when you learn to read and write it opens up opportunities for you to learn so many other things, when you learn to read you can then read to learn, which is the same thing with coding, if you learn to code you can code to learn.”
Here are some of the skills kids learn when coding:
There are several web tools and mobile apps parents and teachers can use to teach kids how to code. Today I will be sharing coding tools available from Google for Education.
1- Code Gym
A Google-supported open source coding laboratory using drawing, music and creative fiction to introduce coding concepts
Shaped-based coding environment introducing young programmers to fundamental coding concepts and challenges.
Coding provides opportunities for kids to create, innovate, and quite literally change the world. This initiative is designed to inspire millions of girls to experience the power of code.
Mitch Resnick believes that “Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, — it’s for everyone.”
And that means you!
Are you coding with your students? What web tools or apps are you using with your students?