Teach your kids to code!
In this digital age, technology is an ingrained part of our society. There is an argument to be made, that children today would certainly benefit from an understanding of the basic coding concepts. Coding can help them learn how to expand their creativity, problem solve and apply critical thinking.


The talented team at Sphero has compiled 8 handy tips* for teaching coding to kids:


1. Set goals for your coding projects.

  • Ensure you set realistic and achievable goals for coding projects. Break each project down into smaller goals that your kids can reach daily or weekly.


2. Make a clear plan.

  • It is especially important to create a well-documented plan for those beginning coding, who haven't had experience conducting a project. The first step is to select a suitable programming languages different languages will need different project plans depending on their features.


3. Connect coding topics to other subjects.

  • Wherever possible, connect subjects that your kids are already learning in the classroom with computational thinking.


4. Tailor computer science lessons to all learning styles.

  • Your children can be visual, auditory, reading and writing, or kinaesthetic learners. Spend time to discover your children's learning style, and they are more likely to be engaged in the course.


5. Find ways to make coding fun.

  • Learning doesn't have to be boring! Make your children's coding lessons fun by making them interactive and engaging. Promote team work and collaboration and hands-on learning.


6. Coding takes time, stick with it!

  • Determine which programming language to learn first based on your child's goals for learning to code. They should remain with that language until they are skilled in it, as programming languages are complex and changing languages too early could caused confusion. 


7. Develop your own technology literacy.

  • As the world continues to evolve digitally, the requirements to be able to obtain, assess, manage, and communicate information in a technology-driven environment will become more important than ever before. The core principles of technology literacy include: critical thinking, application basics, problem-solving skills, and becoming a creator of technology.


8. It's okay to put down the screen.

  • Perhaps one of the most effective ways to teach kids to code, is without a computer. For example, real-life routines can teach our children basic coding algorithms. A game like Simon Says can teach debugging. Two colours of beads can represent binary numbers. Cooking stimulates logic and so on. 

 

 

*For more info, click here to read the Sphero's article.

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