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by on April 10, 2013

When I began my first web design course as a university graduate student it was mostly because the course time fit in best with my schedule. I never thought that after that course I would end up deciding that I would make new media my focus. I grew up with an older brother who loved all things computers, but I knew he and I were very different and I just figured since I wasn’t great at math or science I wouldn’t love, or be good at, all that computer science stuff the way he did. But learning the basics of coding and creating my first website was fun and exciting and challenging on a different level. Today we hear much about this phenomenon on how everyone should learn to code. It couldn’t be truer. We live in such a technological world that even the slightest bit of HTML or CSS knowledge can be beneficial to the masses.

Why Kids Should Learn To Code

Five years old boy with a laptop computerIn Mitch Resnick’s TED Talk ‘Let’s teach kids to code‘ he makes a point about how he was happy when kids were using scratch to create interactive Mother’s Day cards, the way they had hoped kids would. They were becoming fluent with new technologies to be able to express themselves and their ideas. Many parents would like for their children to know multiple languages, perhaps they never thought about it but computer languages should be just as important for children to learn. In the article ‘Is the next second language JavaScript?‘ Hank Pellissier comments on how job growth in the computer science sector is growing and learning code can help pave the way for future employment. Your child’s future opportunities should always be kept in mind and even if they go to a school which does not offer any sort of computer science classes there are various resources online in which you can learn from at home. Code Academy , for example, is a free online website where you can start from the very basics of coding and move up at your own pace. This article also lists different opportunities available for free to learn to code online. In another article by Matthew Murray he suggests that schools should incorporate coding classes in a practical-minded way. By having all students take classes which teach the principals that will “help everyone attain the essential confidence and comprehension they need to be responsible computer users” and then have more advanced classes for those who are drawn to them.

Times they are a-Coding

Today, men and women are becoming marketers, developers, designers, project managers, research technicians, digital strategists and so on… so it is obviously essential for everyone to know how to code. It is an important job skill to obtain for any career field and it makes you a more appealing candidate to future employers. In ‘Coding for the rest of us: Why you should learn, and how to get started‘ Randy Lubin suggest to start your coding journey with a project in mind, maybe a personal website for example. He says, “Project-based learning is incredibly powerful. It provides context for the new concepts, increases motivation, and enhances retention of knowledge. It’s also much more fun.” Nat Garun makes some good points in his article also…

“Learning to code contains the same logic skills you apply in daily life: What is the problem? How can I solve the problem as efficiently as possible? Can my solution be helpful to others who are experiencing similar issues? If you can figure out the same steps from a programming perspective, it can help develop your logic and decision making skills to streamline the best solution to your problems. It’s not just about creating something out of a weird language, it’s learning to think like a programmer.”

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I think this is probably the best point you can make to the everyday person who isn’t as interested in learning to code as the stereotypical ‘geeks’. So what does this new trend of coding mean in the journalism world. In Chapter 1 of Post Industrial Journalism they discuss how there are many changes in the journalism realm, there is an increase in new opportunities and new needs for journalistically important work. They go on to emphasize that journalist should learn to code. It doesn’t mean every journalist has to be an expert programmer, just that every journalist should have an understanding of what code is, what it can do, and how to communicate with those who are more proficient.

With that in mind, an individual person has have a general interest to want to learn to code. Just like putting together a puzzle, once you have the basic outline set the rest of it just begins to develop from there and before you know it you’ve have the skill set in place to create incredible work!

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