Inspiring Educators Who Inspire Future Leaders
Why is coding the latest hot topic in education? I believe it has everything to do with how we make use of technology in the 21st century. Like Washington Post writer, Valerie Strauss, I believe our definition of “a digital native isn’t just about browsing the web, using technology to communicate, or participating in gaming networks.” A digital native “knows how things are made, is able to break down and solve problems, as well as design systems … [all the while upholding] an understanding of social and ethical ramifications.” At its best, true digital literacy is achieved “not just in how we interact [with technology] but also how we contribute [to it].” Teaching students to code should not be limited to one population of students in our schools. I believe all students should and must have access to coding because it is THE skill set that employers, in every industry, will demand of its employees. Like Strauss, I believe we should think about “learning to code as cursive 2.0.” Check out Strauss’ full post here. tlb
I totally agree all students should have the option to learn to code. It’s been really exciting for me to find that some of my students with learning disabilities that struggle in other areas are excelling in the lessons on Code.org
Also I think it really is like a foreign language, my kindy and first graders are picking it up super fast. The younger they learn the faster they take it in.
I want our kids to learn to code. Their dad is a self-taught coder, so they can learn from him. But I think it would be great if all students have the opportunity to learn these important skills in school.
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