What’s coding, and why is it such a big deal? In a recent article published in Tots To Teens, School Principal Mike Hansen explains.
Coding has become a hot topic in education over the last few years, with the announcements and commitments by the Ministry of Education to strengthen technology learning in all schools across New Zealand by 2020. The purpose of this change and emphasis is to ensure that all students can develop into digitally capable individuals. There will be a greater focus on schools on students building skills, so they can be “innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies.”
Why is coding being taught?
Coding encompasses computational thinking, systematic reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. The teaching of these skills to children will encourage them to become more innovative, creative, and adaptable to new developments and technologies as they emerge. Once coding has been mastered, students can construct, explore, experiment, evaluate, and draw conclusions with technology. The Ministry of Education believes that “Coding helps to create our digital world and as our world becomes more digital, coding is becoming more of an in-demand and employable skill.” Just as typewriting and the use of calculators were introduced to schools previously, coding is taught to prepare students for their future.
How is it being taught?
There are multiple platforms and languages that can be used to teach coding. These are considered by …