We hear the word coding frequently lately. We are aware that professions are changing with the development of technology. We say coding is a skill that needs to be learned. So, where and how should we start? Can children learn coding at school? Before moving on to this topic, let’s examine the concept of coding. Coding is speaking in a language that computers understand. It is a set of operations that must be carried out in a certain order. Thanks to coding, we can do many things depending on our imagination. Our own games, game consoles, Bluetooth controlled vehicles and much more…
It is very important to provide coding training from a young age. In this sense, it is of great importance to start coding education in schools.
So, what should the coding education process be like in schools?
First of all, someone who says that we provide coding training in schools must be trained in this field, graduate from CEIT (Computer and Instructional Technologies Education) and have a formation certificate. Otherwise, wrong choices may be made to start coding.
If coding education gets off to a wrong start, students will be afraid of the concept of coding and will give up, thinking it is too difficult, even if the need for that field is known. The first thing to consider in coding training at school is the level of students to work with. It will be very exciting for students to start coding with enjoyable tools suitable for their level. It will increase their desire to learn and offer them the opportunity to open the doors of other worlds. Giving coding education to students at school is only possible if these issues are taken into consideration. When these conditions are met, children and young people who can produce their own games and build their own electronic circuits will be more successful in life. We can only look to the future with confidence with individuals who are self-confident, have problem-solving skills, can work collaboratively, that is, have 21st century skills. Coding is one of the most enjoyable ways to gain these skills. In addition, abstract concepts in courses that students encounter in their school life, such as Science, Turkish and Mathematics, can be easily taught through coding training. Abstract concepts become concrete and learning becomes more enjoyable. Enjoyable learning also increases the permanence of knowledge. The biggest responsibility in coding education at school falls on us teachers. Computer teachers and subject teachers should work together to enrich the curriculum. Subjects that are difficult to explain should be animated and designs should be created with models. Organizing events in this way will enable the administration, teachers, students and parents to make a difference.
Coding is a skill that needs to be learned and it gives us new abilities. Don’t be afraid to try to gain new skills and take action to learn coding.
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