Children are so deeply fascinated by media and technology that they want endless hours of computer usage, mobile gaming. While parents will fume to this demand; there is no denying that technology has touched us in more ways than one and percolated in our daily life to a good extent.
Even schools use smart learning programmes for better approach and interactive learning. It is learning from technology such as instructional television, computer-based instructions and integrated learning systems. But another interesting approach can be learning ‘with’ technology using computer as a tool for rational thinking, reasoning, and constructive learning. In today’s fast changing technological environment; coding emerges to be one such way to achieve just this; especially for kids.
Coding enables children to understand real world problems. They learn to analyse and find solutions exposing them to first level experimentation. Even parents seem to enjoy the idea of productive use of computer time. In the west there is a huge enrolment in after-school coding classes for kids. It is so popular that now even schools have introduced coding and programming in their annual curriculum.
In the USA, almost 30 school districts, including New York City and Chicago, are planning to introduce coding as a subject in their syllabus. It is not restricted to high schools but starts from elementary school and has an interesting course for middle school students too. Parents and teachers do understand that computer science is no elective subject these days; it is as important and basic as math and science.
Off late, a sharp ascent is noticed in number of Indian school kids who have taken to coding. Sometimes parents get involved in building up child’s interest and therefore schools too have taken up basic computer programming for as early as class 2. The key is to catch them young to make them absorb the coding concept better. Also, the new rising economy demands that Indians be digital-ready sooner to contribute for growth.
For primary students there is block-based coding, which transforms to text-based code in middle school. By middle school, kids can start developing apps. High school students learn further entrepreneurship and Advanced placement in coding.
Recently,Advay Ramesh, a class 10th student from Chennai was recognised and awarded Google’s Community Impact Award for his GPS powered app. The appis a solid economical navigation system for fishermen to safeguard their lives in event of rough weather. Anvitha Vijay has several iOS applications to her credit is just 9 and has been the youngest participant at tech giant Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Then there is Medansh Mehta,8, a Navi Mumbai kid who first started coding a year ago with basic languages like Logo and Scratch created a game that has impressed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
It enhances logical problem-solving ability in kids and also acts as a cognitive tool. In e math, reading, and science as it enhances logical thinking in kids.Codingzen based in New Delhi provides coding classes for children starting with the age of six and up in an interactive and fun learning environment. Catch them young and build a logical future in programming.