Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Let's teach kids to code

We have already posted this TED talk, but we believe it is worth doing it again, as it perfectly builds upon our last post.
"Young people today have lots of experience and lots of familiarity with interacting with new technologies, but a lot less so of creating with new technologies and expressing themselves with new technologies. It's almost as if they can read but not write with new technologies."
Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten program and LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at MIT Media Lab, dedicates his research focus to helping kids of all ages tinker and experiment with design. He and his team develop new interfaces to help students engage with technology, in a way that encourages them to create and experiment the way we did in kindergarten with paint. Some of Resnick's projects include Scratch, which helps young users learn to code, and the Computer Clubhouse, an international network of creative afterschool programs for underpriveleged students. In this TED presentation he outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them. When we first enter primary school, we spend our days creating, painting, building, experimenting creatively with form and shape. But what happens after that first year? Why doesn't the creativity continue?
-- Go to Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age blog post
-- Read Learn to Code, Code to Learn
-- Read Kids coding at school: 'When you learn computing, you're thinking about thinking'

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