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Teaching Kids to Code

Post by Admin on Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:48 am

Unlike the Trix cereal, coding and computer science aren't just for kids. Everyone, and especially teachers and parents, can lead by example and learn a few lines of HTML. Here's how Idit Harel, CEO of Globaloria, explains why parents need to code:Coding is the new literacy. It will not replace foreign languages, but it will be the global vernacular for understanding how technologies work.

We all read to our children from a young age and encourage them to write. We do not expect them to become novelists or journalists, but we know these skills are a pathway to productivity and prosperity. It’s the same with coding.
Not every coding job involves working in a blue chip tech company or Silicon Valley startup. Wineries, fashion designers and music studios are just a few examples of the many diverse industries where programming has become ingrained.
And contrary to public perception, learning to code doesn't necessarily require hammering away at a keyboard, eyes affixed on some text editor. From Minecraft to monkeys, here are a few of the latest toys that bring the joys of programming to life. Or, you can also pack your kids off to summer coding camp.
In this collection of articles below we share different perspectives on coding movement. While familiar names like Google and Code.org spearhead efforts to introduce computer science to classrooms, local entrepreneurs are also creating grassroots coding communities to ensure that everyone, regardless of background, has access to technology education. After all, coding and computer science are key to a more diverse technology workforce—but only if the opportunities are available to a diverse community.
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Getting Started

  • Choosing a Summer Coding Camp That's Right for Your Kids

    by Charley Locke

  • Parenting by Example: Why Parents Must Learn to Code

    by Idit Harel

  • Toys for Your Family to Play with Code

    by Tony Wan

  • 'Coding Nation' Chronicles 300 Ways to Pick Up Programming

    by Betsy Corcoran

  • Teaching Coding: Where Do You Start?

    by Sheena Vaidyanathan

How to Launch Your Own Coding Club

  • How I Started an After-School Code Club

    by Douglas Tarr

  • Turn Your Public Library Into a Kid Coding Community

    by Gina Sipley

Embracing Diversity and Equal Access

  • Building Inclusive Hackerspaces for Immigrant Communities

    by Gaelen Hadlett

  • How to Increase Diversity in Tech? Bring Computer Science Into Schools

    by Hadi Partovi

  • Hacking Out of Prison: San Quentin Inmates Learn to Code

    by Charley Locke

The latest in the TEACHED short film series produced byLoudspeaker FilmsCode Oakland examines the evolution of Oakland through the eyes of social entrepreneurs determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley expands into the city that is home to the second largest black community in California.

Lessons from the Classroom

  • How Edtech Companies Can Build up the STEM Pipeline

    by Suzi Wilczynski
    Dig-It Games

  • Is Foreign Language Training the Key to Creating More Coders?

    by Tony Zanders

  • Celebrating Grace Hopper’s Legacy in the Computer Science Classroom

    by Sheena Vaidyanathan

  • ​Five Ways to Teach Creativity through Coding

    by Sam Patterson

  • How Google is Leading the Charge on Teaching Kids to Code

    by Mary Jo Madda

Reflections and Retrospectives

  • Learn to Code, Code to Learn

    by Mitchel Resnick

  • Learning to Code Isn't Enough

    by Shuchi Grover

  • What I Wish I Knew About Computer Science Earlier

    by Jasmine Tsai

  • Why Are YOU Learning How to Code?

    by Brian Liou

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