I have always thought coding to be difficult based on experience, and I vowed never to revisit it. But today, as I watched my instructor take us through coding on Code.org, I realized coding is not always that difficult. Hour of Code on Code.org is a global initiative to introduce computer science to the masses, especially the younger generation. It is a fun and engaging way to introduce students to programming. I joined today to catch up on the fun and educate myself. Here is my one hour of coding.
I enjoyed it as it promotes higher-level thinking. I also liked the teacher’s guide and resources that accompanies it. It provides further explanations. With this particular one, there were hints and videos to explain further to help accomplish the target.
I believe introducing coding to kids is important because it
- increases creativity
- brings computer science to life
- develops critical thinking skills
- is fun and engaging
- can improve language
- tackles real-world problems
- improves students problem-solving skills
- improves technology skills
However, it can be frustrating and stressful. Younger learners may be discouraged when they are unable to figure out a code. I came across a reading that said ‘kids need to be kids’. I agree with this statement as kids need to build human skills through playing instead of sitting in front of a computer most of the time.
In summary, the benefits of coding far outweigh the demerits, and I had fun exploring Hour of Code.