Coding skills for 21st century learners
In a world which is becoming ever more reliant on digital applications and digital literacy, the ability to write digital code (coding) has been identified as a 21st Century skill learners need to master. This ability has recently been referred to as ‘code literacy’ and many educationalists believe we need to make sure today’s children are coding literate.
Digital advocate, Douglas Rushkoff rightly says that “code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world” and one has to agree that the digital world is very much upon us. The future is now and children need the ability to navigate this environment in a broader capacity than just being able to use software and hardware. They need to be able to input their own creativity and innovation into the environment and that is where coding becomes crucial.
We need children to successfully get what they want when they want it from the digital world instead of having to be reliant on the “experts”. A learner will be best equipped for the 21st Century if they can understand and do within a digital environment.
Some countries are making coding part of their curricula but there are also extracurricular ways to expose children to coding. Schools and children should be encouraged to form coding clubs, and these can be done using paper-based or online avenues with free software which makes the coding accessible to just about anyone. Don’t delay, help children become master coders today!