Computer coding for kids
Remember when kids needed to learn how to count using an abacus? Well now, the latest trend is teaching them how to code.
Children are the future and it’s important that we leave them with a legacy that prevails, and benefits them as individuals. With the volatile economy and political instability that 2016 has become known for, learning unique skills is now more important than ever. There are many people around the world who have benefited from the current digital age from scarce skills that they learned a long time ago. It is up to us to educate our children accordingly.
For many years there has been a mentality that success is inevitable if you’re a doctor or a lawyer. This is no longer the case. Given the digital age we live in, computers and all things cyberspace are leading the revolution, and the sooner your children can acquire digital skills, the better.
Computer coding or programming can only be described as digital literacy. There is a misconception that coding it mathematical related, but on the contrary, it’s foundation is linguistics. The basis of coding is telling a website what you want it do. Children have the ability to learn these skills, if someone is available to teach them. A new teaching mechanism that is trending in South Africa is called the BeeBot, which is geared at educating children of a range of aptitudes. It teaches children the ability to make things work correctly in a set sequence, which is what the centre of coding is.
From Grade R through to high school, there are various courses and materials children can use to learn this vital language, which will be as relevant in 20 years’ time as it is today.
You also don’t need to be a coder to teach children these skills. The software makes it easy for everyone to understand, and therefore simple to teach. It’s not a matter of becoming a coding master with proficient HTML knowledge, but it is a case of influencing the way a child’s mind works.
By shifting the focus and opening up different avenues of the brain during this crucial developmental phase, it will help children develop skills easier which they will use to full capacity later on in life.
For more information about teaching children the importance of computer coding, contact Edit Microsystems located in The Point Mall. You’ll also find useful information on their website.