Dario Panada

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Dario Panada
Posted about 1 year ago
Should we start teaching children in Primary and/or Secondary School "Coding"?
I'll add my point of view, as a Computer Science student and long-time self-taught programmer (although mostly as a hobby). It is not primarily about teaching people "how to think" (Maths can do that quite well alone, combined with a bit of project management), nor is it about teaching people how to use technology (Most 13+ year old children in the "developed" world can use Google/E-Mail/Facebook & Co), it is about teaching them how to develop a tool. It is about giving them the possibility of deciding how they want to use their computer, rather than allowing somebody else to decide for them. It is about adapting their software to their needs, rather than their needs to their software. "My e-mail client allows me to sort e-mail by "most recent" or "alphabetical order" whereas I want it by "number of attachemnts"? I can re-code it myself! Have a look at Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/), it is possibly one of the best tools to teach "young leaners" about programming. (Admittedly, the "white on black" compiler screen can be quite indimidating!)