BENEFITS OF CODING
Coding is the backbone of all computer programming, software, mobile apps and websites. It serves as the language that translates commands into technology taking action – whether it’s printing a document from a computer or making a character fly in a game on a tablet.
Major benefits of coding include:
- teaching critical decision-making, cause and effect
- providing a sense of empowerment for creating something from scratch
- Greater awareness about technology
- Because code is rarely perfect the first time, kids have to look at where errors occur and then troubleshoot (“debug”) their code
Regardless of their future paths, this analytical thinking is a critical life skill. This analytical thinking also forces kids to analyze all the possibilities and the possible outcomes based on a decision and can help students think about their personal decisions in the same way.
Programming is, according to a Guardian article, “the process and concepts of logic which – when implemented via code – bring digital services to life.”
Developing programming and coding skills fall within the broader term called computational literacy (CS) meaning “solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior, by drawing on the concepts fundamental to computer science.” CS is understanding how to solve human problems using computers.
Most of the coding games and coding apps aren’t really actual coding, but an introduction to the logical thinking involved in coding. However, the websites and classes are actual coding, even if it’s visual coding. Whether or not your child is a preschooler or a high school student, there are plenty of options for introducing and developing your child’s coding knowledge.