By Ladies Learning Code
As educators, parents, and community members, it’s our job to look out for the next generation – to help guide them on a path towards a fulfilling and successful life. Much of that guidance, particularly as children get older, has to do with helping them find a career that will be both fulfilling and secure. So it’s no surprise that much of the conversation about learning to code revolves around gaps in the labour market and a growing demand for skilled tech workers.
But teaching kids to code is about more than just helping children secure future employment and understand the technology they’re using. At a fundamental level, it improves problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
This year, Ladies Learning Code launched Teachers Learning Code, a program designed for primary school teachers with little to no coding experience, to enable them to teach coding fundamentals to their students.
We think it’s important that youth to learn to code for a few reasons:
Learning to code let’s kids build, not just consume, the technology around them – video games, websites, robots, and more!
Learning to code helps kids develop other crucial and transferable skills – like computational thinking – allowing them to tackle problems outside the realm of coding in new and innovative ways.
We teach biology and mathematics to help kids better understand the world around them. In an increasingly technological world, knowing the basics of how computers communicate – and how to engage with them – is fundamental to a well-rounded understanding of the world.
Learning code empowers kids to use technology as a creative tool, to find solutions and overcome challenges that people face every day.
Learning to code inspires creativity and curiosity by giving kids the opportunity to experience the satisfaction and thrill of building something of their very own.
To learn more about Teachers Learning Code and to request a Teacher Workshop, visit http://teacherslearningcode.com/