Teaching kids to code isn't just about preparing them for a changing workforce. In addition to reinforcing skills like math, science, and language, learning programming can be empowering, as students gain insight into how things work.
Learning code helps kids see the world algorithmically, in patterns, and in cause and effect. Ray Feraday, a special education teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, says, "Coding is all about problem solving and critical thinking. You take what may be a large problem and systematically break it down into smaller, solvable parts. This technique develops confidence and self-reliance."
Teaching kids how the digital tools they use are made also makes them more critical thinkers.
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Whether you are a technologist working on the next great learning app or a teacher trying to figure out how to engage your students, Pokémon Go offers a powerful model that has quickly changed the way users behave and engage with digital content.
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At WWDC, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds as a "revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun." A closer examination shows the new app is a powerful authoring tool any developer can use to teach critically important software coding skills.
Spheros aren’t just fun; they are also an excellent teaching tool. Students have begun using them to learn everything from geometry to genetics. They can code them, too, to take a first step into computer programming. The toy’s infiltration of the classroom came about mostly by accident. Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, the inventors who came up with the Sphero, six years ago, were immersed in hacker culture, and they planned to disseminate portions of their code to anyone who wanted to improve on it or add to it. Eventually, they realized that if the app came with a simplified form of that code, kids would fiddle with it.
It was a fortuitous moment to create such a crossover product. The STEM movement—the effort to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into the classroom—was gaining in popularity. Educators avidly debated how to help kids transition from the analog world of early childhood to the digital world of adults. Many teachers foresaw a crisis: only sixteen per cent of high-school seniors contemplate a career in STEM fields, even though the number of STEM jobs is increasing rapidly. Sphero and similar toys like Lego Mindstorms—simple robots that you build and then code—have come to be seen as stops on the road to the well-salaried position of programmer.
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