Teaching coding in the classroom

March 03, 2021

One of the most important objectives in education is to prepare students for their future careers. Over the last two decades, coding and programming have emerged as some of the most desirable skills for employers. Consequently, to adapt to changes in the landscape of the jobs market, schools should adjust their curriculum and incorporate coding. 

Coding is fast becoming one of the most important subjects taught in schools. Here are four reasons why it’s beneficial to your students. 

1.    Coding is the new literacy  

Today, the importance of learning to code rivals even that of reading and writing. It’s a core skill that can help a student develop a deeper understanding of how technology works. Given the extent to which technology shapes our lives, learning to code helps develop a better understanding of the world around us. 

2.    Prepare for the future jobs market 

Schools have a responsibility to provide their students with all the tools and skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace. Increasingly, that means an ability to code. 

There is little point in focusing on skills that leave students with limited options when it comes to hitting the jobs market. By incorporating coding into the curriculum, you hand children an essential tool for building a successful career. 

3.    Develop problem-solving skills

Coding teaches a student that complex problems are simply a series of smaller problems that can be fixed in sequence. Students will be taught to identify a problem, break the code down into segments and test each one, repairing faulty parts before moving onto the next problem.

“Coding can often be compared to hypothesis testing in science, particularly when testing whether a set of code will stand up and work correctly- It’s this mindset that makes great coders, and one that students will benefit from regardless of subject or circumstance” says Dr. Houry Keushkerian, the Co-founder of Coding First.

4.    Heighten Practical Understanding for Math and Physics

Learning to code helps students learn Math and Physics, as well as giving them a better understanding of abstract concepts. Many types of coding involve simulations of a real environment; so, they learn a lot of concepts around math, physics, and problem solving to create even the simplest program using logic and sequencing.

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