Should schools integrate programming in their classes?
In the past year Estonia started to teach programming in schools and became a leader in technology. This initiative called 'ProgeTiiger' allowed students in grades 1 through 12 to develop their creativity and logical thinking, while they were building their own game. Should this be followed by other countries? Is teaching code to first graders really important for their development?
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That kids benefit from learning the language and thinking skills of computer programming from a young age is from my experience unquestionable. That typical schools are able to produce excellent learning outcomes for kids in areas like computer programming is not so clear. So our solution is to provide open fee learning outside of the school environment which has produced excellent results without burdening taxpayers while still being inclusive to all regardless oft heir circumstances.
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Learning to code is a great way to teach kids lots of important skill sets, particularly a deeper understanding of technology that goes beyond a surface understanding of interaction.
Programming is just a language so there is no reason not to start kids learning how to code at a young age and I also think that learning to create a game is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom in a way that is sticky enough to keep kids interest.
However, there is no cure all for education. I applaud nations and schools that are able to pull off this kind of national technological success, but this isn't something that is necessary to give children a deeper understanding of technology.
Having children use tools to take apart a broken toaster or old computer can also be a valid way for kids to understand the structure behind the surface and teach kids to think critically about their world and be curious about how things work.
We want our children to learn to think critically and be able to problem solve when faced with new challenges. We need children that grow up to be adaptive adults who are resilient in the face of technological progress.
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Lots of resources, links and advice about programming/coding in the classroom at http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/program/
Some governments are making this compulsory in the future .. e.g. England.
Great you asked the question ... it is part of the future ... and the present in many schools already.
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Of course! Programming helps developing great logical-analitycal skills in many ways.
A great worldwide initiative is underway in these days, why don't you enroll your children?