Coding, coding, coding. Everybody is telling you that coding is important for your students. All recent studies show that coding can prepare them for the future and offer them a unique space in which they can develop new 21st century skills and strengthen a number of useful abilities for the near future. Coding, coding, coding.
But, do you really know why coding is important? Why you should include computational thinking and algorithmic thinking into your classroom curricula? Why is it so important that our students learn how to program a virtual robot, how to create an app, or how to build their own websites or software?
Actually, the importance goes beyond pure code. It is important for our students to learn how to code, because coding is not just programming a virtual robot, participating in a cyber robotics coding competition, or creating a phenomenal software to help the environment. Coding is more than that. Coding is a way of thinking. In this article, we are going to talk about that.
Coding: A new way of thinking
When your students learn how to code, they won’t be only understanding how our world works and how to create outstanding solutions and creative ideas for tomorrow’s world. When your students learn how to code, they will be putting into practice a series of very useful abilities they’ll be able to use in whatever they decide to do in the near future.
- When learning how to code, your students will become more resilient and will understand how important it is to keep on trying and discovering new ways to solve one same issue. In other terms, they’ll apply to a known sentence: “Don’t try to solve problems with the same thinking that created them”.
- Also, while coding, students will see how important it is to put attention into details. In life, this skill will open more than one door to a successful future. People who know how to focus and how to analyze something both globally and from a more micro perspective tend to have a more successful career.
- Patience is a very important skill, and students who code will have no other choice than to become patient in order to see the results they’ve been looking for. When planning their dream app, or when designing the exact path their EV3 needs to go through, patience will play a transcendental role. Students will have to practice trial and error, will have to figure out many different ways to solve problems, and will have to check -once and again- until their plans are actually working. As you know well, being patient and working hard as an adult is a huge asset to the workforce.
- Understanding others and paying attention to the “human factor” is something we sometimes forget about. When our students learn how to code, empathy will play a very important role in their learning process. Students will have to understand what the user’s reaction is going to be when coding a certain something, forcing them to think about what is called “user experience”. This field is not only connected with code, but also with psychology, empathy, and simply understanding how others will feel when using what they’ve just created.
Being ready for tomorrow’s world
As you know, we are in the middle of the 4th industrial revolution. A revolution in which education is being reshaped to fit into society with new paradigms. A society where hyperconnectivity is everywhere and in which social interaction is becoming every day more important.
Today, soft and hard skills are equally important, but those who know how to work in teams, solve problems, pay attention to details, and experience mistakes as learning experiences will have way more possibility to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Coding can offer this mindset to your students, together with all the abilities they’ll need to actually code and create all of the tools that are going to make our future easier and brighter.
Begin today, give your students the gift of coding. If you are looking for an engaging way to introduce this field to them, robotics can help. Discover how to teach STEM to your students while they program their very own virtual robot. The time is now!