All over the world learning to code is becoming very common. Research has found that kids learn it faster since it is in fact another language. Read the article below for more on this interesting development.
Across the world, the conversion of information into a digital format – also called “digitalization” – has increased productivity in the public and private sectors. As a result, virtually every country in the world is working towards a digital economy.
As this new economy evolves, special skills like computer programming are needed. This is like a language of numbers, known as code, which allows people to write instructions that are executed by computers. The goal is to create something: from a web page to an image, to a piece of software.
Nobody can escape the touch of digital technologies. It’s used in fields as diverse as hospital equipment, remote education delivery, marketing creative art pieces, or improving agricultural productivity. Coding language develops the software that can effectively deal with problems and challenges – for instance, because of coding, people who couldn’t get a bank account can now keep, send, and borrow money using mobile phones. It’s an important skill to have as countries develop.
In the past four decades, several studies have assessed the effect of learning code on primary school children – usually between the ages of six and 13. In each case, the findings show that it is beneficial to children, irrespective of their career path later on in life.
Coding is just another language, and children are known to learn new languages faster than older people. So starting young is a good idea.
Several countries – including Australia, Finland, Italy, and England – have developed a coding curriculum for children between the ages of five and 16 years.
Coding language works with zeros (0s) and ones (1s) and strings of these numbers represent an alphabet. These then translate into words and sentences which triggers the computer or processor to initiate specific tasks. For example, print an image on a screen, open a document that is saved on a computer, or play some music.
There are various coding languages. Some are so easy to understand and work with that even children can learn them. Visual programming languages – like Scratch – have been developed to help children learn to code using images, signs, and diagrams. Other programming languages that children can use include Python, Ruby, and Go.
Most of these languages can be used to write a series of commands or to develop web applications.