Coding for Kids
By Staples Canada
April 02, 2020
Teachers & Education
Kids and coding may seem like an unlikely match, but the truth is, teaching kids this new language could change the course of their future.
But what is coding?
Basically, coding is how we talk to computers. Different languages can ask computers to do different things or can make other things (like apps and websites) that computers can understand. Think Angry Birds, TikTok, even email — all created by coding.
Okay. But why is it important?
Although it doesn’t seem like it right now while kids are more interested in using technology than creating it, employment possibilities down the road are exponentially larger if you have coding skills, whether you work for someone or are a tech entrepreneur.
Beyond the practicality of coding for future employment, there are some benefits that can be applied at every stage of life.
Making Sense of Things
When kids know how to code, it helps them better understand the world around them. From how their iPads work to the computers they use at school and how social media helps us to stay connected, coding helps to make sense of things.
Coding is Creative
Like learning a new language, having new communication tools at your fingertips can open minds! Make a video game instead of playing one. Imagine what app you want to use and then code it! Coding can be another way to express yourself.
Solving Problems Like a Boss
Coding is like breaking down complex problems and putting them back together. It requires logical thinking and the ability to identify smaller issues within a larger issue — tools valuable to every aspect of living.
Everyone can learn how to code — and they can do it together, whether near or far. Games like Minecraft allow coders and kids to collaborate with others all over the world, and learn, while having fun!
Coding is Communicating
Understanding one another is a skill that we need throughout our entire lives. When kids learn how to communicate with one another and express complex ideas in ways others can understand, they learn how to be seen and heard productively.
Want to get started on coding today? We’ve partnered with Hatch Coding in Toronto for a introductory trial on learning to code using the Hatch system. To get started, click here and use the code Staples to sign up. Fun and education coding kits are also available at staples.ca – check them out this link.