3 Ways That Teaching Children to Code Will Benefit Their Future

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3 Ways That Teaching Children to Code Will Benefit Their Future

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3 ways that teaching children to code will benefit their future
by Katrine Kraft Hansen

3 ways that teaching children to code will benefit their future

Our society is constantly changing and new technologies keep emerging. Children have to be able to adapt to a world that will look a lot different from the one they grew up in. Being a company that makes an educational coding-robot, it’s evident that we see the benefits of teaching children to code, but for people who aren’t that familiar with the world of coding, it might not be so clear.

We at Kubo Robot see many concrete examples of benefits that having coding skills will have on children’s future, but here are three we have chosen to focus on:

1. They’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future

A large number of the jobs we know today are at risk of being taken over by technology in the not so distant future. Think about self-driving cars. It’s a fast-evolving technology that will make taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers and any other driving profession a thing of the past.

In our home country Denmark, the postal service is cutting down majorly on employees. People don’t send letters anymore; they send text messages, emails or keep in touch with friends and family over social media. Soon, drones will deliver packages and there will be no need for mailmen.

By learning to code, children will gain an insight into these new technologies. They might not all become programmers, but they’ll have an understanding of the technologies they’ll be working with or alongside, ultimately making them more capable of performing at their jobs.

2. It gives them an understanding of the technology we use every day

Children today spend hours in front of screens. It’s easy to think that because they’re so accustomed to using computers, tablets, and smartphones, they must be naturally tech savvy. They are digital natives, after all. But there’s a difference between being a consumer and being a creator. Teaching children to code is teaching them to create. With basic coding skills, children can use technology to create new technology, like their own games and websites. It gives them a chance to be creative and explore new things.

Understanding exactly how something works is a great requisite for knowing how to use it and how to solve any problems that might occur with it. Therefore, having a basic understanding of the coding behind a technology makes children more equipped to actually use it. As technology plays a bigger and bigger part in our society, this is an important skill for the future.

3. Coding gives children motivation to learn

When children learn to code, they learn about other things, such as mathematical concepts, as well. By putting these concepts into a coding context, for instance creating a game, they become more meaningful and make more sense to the children.

The theory of learning called constructivism, says that creating or building something in the real world supports the building of knowledge in your head. Through coding, children are able to interact with a problem or a concept, which supports the learning process.

Constructivism has played a big part in the development of Kubo. For instance, we created the programming language TagTiles that works like a puzzle game, to make coding more tangible for children.

Coding is also all about trial and error. You make a mistake, find out what it was and then try to fix it – over and over again. This is basically the cornerstone of learning, not just learning to code, but learning in general.

Once a child has cracked a code (no pun intended), they’ll experience a feeling of accomplishment and get excited about what they can do next. This is something they can use in other subjects such as science and math, and in many other aspects of their life and future.

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So there you have it, a couple of the many reasons why teaching children to code will benefit their futures. We are looking forward to seeing coding and Kubo become a natural, integrated part of education and for more schools and teachers to see the potential in giving children these skills. We certainly believe it will help lay the foundation for a bright future for the younger generation.

– Katrine Kraft Hansen, Kubo Robot

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2018-07-04T15:19:46+00:00 2017|All Articles of Education Technology, Coding|