Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Start learning programming early - Andrew Fraser, St. Cloud Times

Coding is an important skill for students of all ages, but, like other languages or disciplines, an early start can be a boon to a young mind. Coding teaches problem solving and analytical thinking. Programmers are often tasked with thinking about the “why”: Why does something happen here or why does this program have an error there? In addition to honing logic skills, thinking in the “why” can be helpful for students who need help focusing on how their actions (or any actions) affect other people or things. Programming is also a great skill for learners interested in creation. With programming, students can see the results of their code play out in front of them. Games like Minecraft with building or user-generated content are very popular with kids. Coding is a deeper version of that concept, with students able to see and experience the fruits of their mind’s labor. http://www.sctimes.com/story/money/business/2015/10/24/start-learning-programming-early/74357136/

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