MORE SCHOOLS OFFER PROGRAMMING FOR THEIR K-8 STUDENTS
The growth of information technology projected to reach 17% by 2018 and a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealing that jobs in computer and information technology are expected to increase by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, with current a median wage of $79,390, twice the average of $35,540 for other professions. It comes as no surprise that more schools have begun to incorporate computer programming classes into the curriculum of their K-8 students.
Beyond the excellent job prospects which the knowledge of programming offers, we currently live in a world of coding and the next best language for your kids to learn after their mother tongue are several the languages of computers. Also, the knowledge of the fundamentals of programming a computer particularly at coding level has helped sharpen how kids think logically and analytically. It also helps them better appreciate the several functions of technological devices beyond its core functionality.
The United States educational system has long incorporated computer appreciation although its use has continued to evolve over time. This change may have been brought about by the increasingly ubiquitous nature of mobile devices and computers, but it also reflects the way educators think about computers and their efforts to keep up with its evolution. The current goal of most K-8 student’s computer programs is to make kids understand how computers work, not just on using computer programs.
Contrary to what most persons might think, kids enjoy programming, and there are games and programs which can help kids in K-8 schools appreciate programming. There are special program by several programming websites like codemoji, code.org and Khan Academy which are aimed at K-8 students. These programs are focused at demystifying computer programming and to showing K-8 students that programming can be fun, creative and exciting.
More schools have begun to incorporate programming into their curriculum, and big IT corporations like Google and Microsoft have even thrown their weight behind initiatives like code.org and other programs which are aimed at increasing the opportunities for kids to learn to code. The programs are built to attend to the programming needs of every student whether they intend to pursue a career in IT or not.
Teaching coding is not to be confused with initiatives which advocate computers in classrooms and the idea is not to introduce kids to the technology itself as with the proliferation of mobile devices and mini PCs that’s unavoidable. The idea behind adding programming to the curriculum of kids is to equip kids with skills to take on the major challenges of the 21st century; to harness data, information, and knowledge.