If you’re reading this, the following assumption is certain, and unarguably a no-brainer: you use the Internet and technological devices like smartphones, computers, tablets, and so on.
How do these devices, including the Internet, work? Through the power of coding.
Just like most people in the United States speak English, and people in Mexico speak Spanish, computers speak their own languages, as do smartphones, the apps that make them so popular – think Flappy Bird, anyone? – and anything else that pops up on a screen similar to laptops, desktops, phones, and so on.
If you’ve ever tried to teach yourself to code, or been a part of a class for coding, you likely found it difficult. The same goes for learning any other language. However, believe it or not, teaching kids to code in school doesn’t require tons of capital or cash to outlay ahead of plans to teach them how computers work, and maybe even to create their own computers one day.
Public and private schools alike of all grade levels can begin teaching their kids to use the power of coding through creating clubs for such interests, purchasing just a single toy that uses coding at a time – nothing more, if budgets don’t permit bigger purchases – or learning subscriptions to sites like Hour of Code, in which every student in a class can learn about coding.
Those students that enjoy what they learn – and it’s a lot of them that fit this group – are found more likely to be leaders in classrooms.