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Why People Are Obsessed With Teaching Kids How To Code
Computers and the software they run are not magic. Nor should they be perceived as such.
Learning to code is not valuable because everyone needs to program computers, but because such an integral part of modern life needs to be understood at a basic, comprehensible level.
More on coding and education in this blog:
How Kids Are Learning to Code While Playing Minecraft
New MineCraft Mod Teaches you Code as You Play
Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/
Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.
The reforms reflect growing calls in the UK – not least from the Confederation of British Industry and Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt – for education to promote character, resilience and communication skills, rather than just pushing children through “exam factories”. (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/mar/20/labour-calls-time-on-exam-factory-approach-to-schooling)
(My Note/Question: so UK is ready to scrap what US pushes even harder with the STEM idea?)
More on education in Finland and its education in this IMS blog:
Please consider previous IMS blog posts on the topic:
Kid-Friendly Programming Languages
http://gamestarmechanic.com/ ?cid=scibud (use online)
How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning
PBL Tenet #1: Create Real World Connections
Coding Application: Find a solution to a problem by creating an App or Website
PBL Tenet #2: Foster Critical Thinking
Coding application: Coding requires a series of logical steps
PBL Tenet #3: Structured Collaboration
Coding application: Coding creates learning communities
PBL Tenet #4: Student Driven
Coding application: Perseverance and self teaching are important skills learned through coding
PBL Tenet #5: Multifaceted approach
Coding application: A programming language is only one part of an app or website
Coding, Cognition and Communication
In terms of cognitive advantages, learning a system of signs, symbols and rules used to communicate — that is, language study — improves thinking by challenging the brain to recognize, negotiate meaning and master different language patterns. Coding does the same thing. Students who speak English and Mandarin are better multitaskers because they’re used to switching between language structures. Coding, likewise, involves understanding and working within structures.
Foreign language instruction today emphasizes practical communication — what students can do with the language. Similarly, coding is practical, empowering and critical to the daily life of everyone living in the 21st century.
Coding is Ubiquitous
Programming is the global language, more common than spoken languages like English, Chinese or Spanish.
Why We’re Learning about Coding in Our 6th Grade Writing Class
Should coding replace foreign language requirements?
Washington state and Kentucky have both proposed legislation that mirrors this trend, with Washington asking that students be allowed to count two years of computer science courses as two years of foreign language studies.
In an October post, Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss wrote that coding is something like “cursive 2.0″ — a practice that will soon become compulsory in schools across the nation.