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Why coding is important for 21st century learners

Learning to write programs stretches your minds, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think are helpful in all domains.

– Bill Gates

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Coding for learners @COE - BGSIAS

At COE – BGSIAS, a solid foundation of coding concepts is laid at a very early age. It prepares early learners for skills that are necessary for the future. Coding is taught using gamification. Learners of MYP and DP programme are exposed to various programming languages, cutting-edge tech topics like mobile app development, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality.

What is coding ?

Coding is a way of communicating with a computer. It is using a language that a computer understands to give computer instructions to perform specific functions. 

Coding allows us to create things such as computer software, apps,  websites, and video games.

There are various types of different codes, depending on what you want to develop. And different “programming languages” that each has its own set of rules.

Why everybody is talking about it?

Coding has intricately blended with our everyday lives – sending texts and emojis, sharing memes and jokes on smartphones, watching videos, booking movie tickets, ordering food, traveling, watching Netflix; Everything is now possible with a few swipes and taps all by coding. Moreover, looking at the direction in which technology is advancing and how it’s transforming everything around us, it can be safely said that almost every job right now requires some form of computer literacy. And the probability that jobs coming up in the near future might even need at least basic level coding.

“Everybody Should Learn To Program A Computer, Because It Teaches You How To Think.” - Steve Jobs

Coding - Skills Galore

When learning to code, learners also gain 21st century skills

Coding - Additional Skills

“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.”

– Stephen Hawking

 

Computational Thinking

Enhance Cognitive skills, Pattern recognition, Data analysis

Logical Thinking

Improves Visualization, complements literacy

Perseverance

Ensures persistent efforts to solve problems

Why learners should learn code?

When learners are introduced to coding, they gain knowledge of how digital technology work. Digital technology is a big part of kids’ lives, as they are surrounded by smartphones, websites, entertainment, video games, and even robots. What drives this technology is computer programs or software that are created by coding.  They need to understand what happens when they use technology, it is not magic, and they can create programs that can be useful.

 

Today’s generation is growing up in the era of global technology, including computers and the internet. Kids these days know how to unlock mobile phones, watch videos, and play games before they can even speak properly. As they grow, their proficiency in using technology increases further. But most of them don’t know what goes at the back-end that allows them all of this with such ease.

 

Moreover, learning to code can be an exciting opportunity for a family to bond and have fun together. When kids learn to code at home, parents can lead them in this productive and fun-filled activity, and get to know them better. Learning a new skill helps the children to strengthen their confidence, boosts their creativity and cognitive skills, improves memory, and fuels present-mindedness. Apart from these, coding helps with math skills and improves overall academic performance too.

Secure career

One more major benefit is the chance to make a secure career. According to an analysis of 26 million job postings by job market analytics from Burning Glass, about half of the jobs paying $57,000 or more per year are in occupations that commonly require applicants to have at least some computer coding knowledge prior. In fact, on average, jobs requiring coding skills pay $22,000 more per year than jobs that don’t. They also rank among the top ten highest paying jobs. Besides, coding for kids becomes rewarding when it makes them a desirable pick for recruiters, as it adds versatility to their skill set.

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Coding is today's language of creativity.All our children deserve a chance to become creators instead consumers of computer science

– Maria Klawe

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