The transformation of the education sector due to digital elements like online learning, digital libraries, and e-books has been phenomenal, almost surreal. So, as a mother to two lovely children, Madeline and Isaac, I believe it is crucial to keep them in step with this digital dance. Teaching my babies how to code from an early age is exactly how I plan for them to rise into this digital melody in the proper rhythm. Sounds a bit on the extreme side, right? Well, buckle up, dear readers, because we are going on a thrilling ride to discover why coding skills are the new standard of literacy."
Back in my ‘coding novice’ days, the ones filled with confusion and a near innumerable count of coffee cups, it was one thought that got me going – I wanted to understand this universal language of the future. For an individual to fully comprehend the digital ecosystem that surrounds them, they must be fluent in its language. And guess what? That language is coding. Coding allows us not only to comprehend the function of digital tools but also to create and control them. Just imagine, us as mankind, developers and artists in our grand, digital theater. Picture a world where kids not only play video games but also understand, mod and even code them. A world where we don't just use apps, but build them. Intriguing, isn’t it? But don't be frightened. You don't need to get on a spaceship to Elon's Mars to live this reality; it's right here and right now!
Gone were the days when literacy was measured solely by pen and paper. We now live in an era where literacy includes: to read, to write, and... to code? Surprised? Well, don't be, because coding has become a core aspect of literacy in the 21st century. Why? Because coding empowers us to communicate with machines, thus facilitating and amplifying our abilities to solve complex problems and derive innovative solutions. An understanding of programming languages such as Python, Java, and Ruby is increasingly becoming a basic life skill. Because folks, just like you need to understand your friend Bob when he talks about his new car, you need to understand your electronic devices when they scream out in the language of code.
Ever wished your kids were less into video games and more into creating something meaningful? Well, coding might just be the key to unlock their constructive potential. Coding does more than just put your child ahead of the pack in the tech-driven world; it enhances creativity and stimulates problem-solving in other aspects of their lives too. By introducing kids to coding, we are actually helping expand their horizons and open up a world full of technology and possibilities. A couple of months into the coding journey, and I could see a drastic change in Madeline’s project presentations, while my little boy Isaac started building blocks with much more coherence and creativity. Their small successes with coding brought them a sense of achievement that encouraged them to pursue more.
So, yes, coding is the new standard of literacy, and I am glad I ushered my kids onto this exciting journey early. Hey, who knows, one of them might become the next Mark Zuckerberg or, fingers crossed, Ada Lovelace! Just remember, it’s okay to start slow and make mistakes. Isaac didn’t get his block-building right the first time, and neither did I crack all the code patterns initially. It all comes slowly, so embrace the process and enjoy the ride!
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