world of technology has indeed revolutionized the world. Now, the gigantic
growth of the IT industry has paved the way for so many opportunities for
people all over the world. Now, with the uncertainty that the pandemic has
brought, technology fortunately is providing innovative ways to deal with it,
for people to somehow go on with their daily activities, and to learn to cope
it comes to kids, school is out, not only for spring break, not only for
summer, but is out definitely. There are of course
alternatives imposed by governments worldwide, including online classes. Kids
still need to be stimulated, they still have to learn, and hours to be filled.
These days, parents are also teachers, educators to their own kids. A great way for children to continue learning is coding, or computer programming, which is rapidly growing in popularity. In mobile and software development, coding for beginners has become a trend.
to code at a very young age surely could set up your child for future success.
You do not have to worry even if they don’t go into the computer science field
or any other related field, it would always give them an edge in just about any
Teaching Kids to
need not have an extensive programming background to teach kids how to code.
Check out some tips and additional resources to help your kid get started with
could start as early as seven years of age. Kids could start to learn the
principles of programming and how it works via the
use of apps, games, interactive websites that teach, boot
camps, and classes with lessons to cater to children. Even the younger ones
could learn coding principles from playing with board games and educational
Talk to kids about coding languages.
children the various coding languages, which of course includes Java,
things that as websites and other customer-facing apps. Any interactive game or
a popular interactive game was built in Java, and with Java skills, your
children could learn how to create and integrate their own Minecraft mods. Lua
is another great language for game programmers. If your child is more on Roblox
than Minecraft, Lua is used for coding it, and used for creating a Roblox game.
Get children interested learning how to code
coding to things that children already enjoy. Lua and Roblox, Java and
Minecraft, and other pairings such as AI and Python, LEGO, visual coding,
augmented reality, and C#. I bet that your children will be interested in one
of these at the very least.
if your kid is into technology or otherwise, coding has a hand in numerous
things, which make it easy for parents to connect their interests into coding
power. Get kids to start learning something, anything, such coding basics,
preferably. Have them started on some light reading, watch a brief video, or
learn the basics.
them to tell a family member or friend about coding. It gives them a chance to
recall what the child has learned already, while learning something new by
listening. Begin small and get them a feel for programming via a program like
Scratch, before plunging into the learning process.
Ease children into coding
your children to go hands-on with introductory coding platforms, such as the
visual programming language, but an online learning platform as well, and a
community for beginners as well. In it, kids could build games, stories, and
animations and share the creations with same-minded peers anywhere in the
several self-paced coding learning options, Code.org features several
opportunities for computer science for, in the form of full-length courses, and
one one-hour tutorials. What Code.org offers is rooted in things such as
Minecraft, Angry Birds, or coding a dance party with Ed Sheeran, and others for
Coding should be tangible
parent is aware of the various learning needs and styles of kids. Some could
absorb all that is written on the screen or a book, while others are just
better at watching or listening to a video. Some simply are better in grasping
concepts with a hands-on experience.
this kind of learner, specific objects and ‘toys’ could be great options to
introduce the various concepts of coding
Sphero RVR is an easy to build autonomous robot, which could be created and
programmed to navigate with an application that provides the capabilities of
is a small programmable computer for a different twist. Although it is only
half the size of a credit card, it is packed with features, including a radio
to connect with other smartphones, as well as an accelerometer that detects
rotation and movement.
Familiarity with coding terms
any software development or mobile app development process, there are so many
coding vocabularies to be familiar with, especially when trying to explain to
kids. Variables are similar to boxes; they hold critical data or information. A
variable could hold various types of data, like words or numbers.
it like a chest where you could store things inside and give it a name to help
you remember the things you put inside it. A conditional statement helps in
directing the program flow by having several code portions run only under
certain scenarios. Loops enable you to repeat a code block several times.
times when a block of code should be run on a non-specific or uncertain time, a
while loop is used. Lastly, functions enable coders to do several actions,
instead of writing every separate statement again and again.
Finding a Mentor
developers love volunteering. It may surprise you just how many are willing to
mentor children both online and face-to-face. Whether it is a professional
tutor, teacher, colleague, or a friend, it could indeed make a difference in coding for beginners. Interaction with
an experienced developer is invaluable and could be done by Skype or other
video conferencing tools.
are companies that offer this service specifically, thus if you have no one in
your personal circle, consider researching some additional alternatives.
The popularity of coding for kids is escalating, as a lot of families see computing as a new literacy that’s as important as science and math in the job market of the future. The most important thing to keep in mind is to make it fun.
need not be boring. Even if it demands patience and persistence, if children
know the payout is a game, or an app or project that they love, they would no
doubt be enthusiastic about it.