Learning How to code

When it comes to new technology, I typically try to avoid it and leave it for the people who are smarter than myself to do so, we were challenged to do an hour of coding and i was honestly scared because i thought it was going to be really hard, it wasn’t. although I was on a beginner level most likely aimed for children, I had so much fun! I honestly might try it again and do a different activity. I am a huge Star Wars fan so when I saw the option of being able to code your own star wars game I had to try it. Below is the full video for how my coding adventure went.

although I do not really understand it, i think coding is an extreamly important thing to teach our young students in our modern society. Many jobs revolve around coding of some kind, for example computer engineering. I am sure if you told any teenager they could easily make thir own game, they would be into it in a heart beat. It sounds alot more difficult than it is.

5 reasons why coding is important for young minds

1) Coding is another language.  

Language teaches children how to communicate and teaches logical thinking. Language also strengthens both verbal and and written skills.  Children should be exposed to different languages at an early age. It helps them to understand the world around them better.

2) Coding fosters creativity.  

By experimenting, children learn and strengthen their brains. Even when they make a mistake they learn. Children can be creative and creativity is encouraged. Creativity is part of the process and not always the product.

3) Coding helps children with Math skills.   

Coding helps children to be able to  visualize abstract concepts, lets them apply math to real-world situations, and makes math fun and creative.  Coding is present in many of today’s STEM programs.

4)  Coding improves writing academic performance.  

Children who learn to code understand how to plan and organize thoughts.  This can lead to better writing skills that can be built upon as coding skills develop over time.

5) Coding helps children become confident problem solvers.  

As they learn to code and give direction they learn that there is no one way to do something and that even if their way didn’t work.  They can improve upon what they have already done without worrying about failing. Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them.

Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future.  Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math, writing, and confidence.

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