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6 Videos That Inspire Your Child To Learn Coding

You want your child to learn to code. Your child isn’t that interested. It’s quite common.

Many parents ask us if we have ammunition that they can use to convince their child to learn to code. Something they can show their kids.

That is why we have compiled these videos that will move your child to consider learning to code.

Best way to engage someone is to start with where their current interests lie. That is why this list is organized based on interests.

1. For Everyone!

The video that started the coding for kids revolution. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. (5 mins)


2. Dance & Code

“For the longest time, code was completely separate from dance. I never really put them together. And they were two completely different worlds until a few years ago when I got the idea to combine code and dance to create iLuminate.”


3. Videogame & Code

“I make a lot of things with code but they all go into one thing, which is a video game. There is more to video games that throwing a football around or driving a fast car. The great thing about making a video game is that it encompasses just about every creative activity that you can imagine.”


4. Animation & Code

“There is a million things you can do with code in animated films. You can use code to make a leaf flutter. You can make a giant head of red curly hair that moves appropriate with the character. You can make water. You can make schools of fish with code. You can have a car drive on a road with code. You can make cloth that moves with the characters. There are so many things you can do with it. It goes on and on and on”.


5. Fashion & Code

“I live in New York and I work at the intersection of fashion and technology. In order to dream big in the field of future fashion, it is essential to know a little bit about code. In the future, clothing will be fully responsive to our bodies. The building blocks of all of these innovations are having an understanding of code. I truly believe that if you get involved with code now you will be able to help build the future of the fashion industry.”


6. Music & Code

“If you want to make beats, I would start off putting loops together. It is sort of like you are building something in legos. You are putting together a whole bunch of things to build one song. I am wondergirl and my music is made with code.”


After viewing this, if your child gets inspired to learn to code, explore if CodeWizards is right for them.

Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Garima was like any other middle school kid who thought sitting at a computer and typing stuff would be boring.

But now she is a rising star at Yale!

Garima never tried coding until she was in sophomore year of high school. But when she reflects back on her high school years, she feels she should have started learning to code much earlier!

As a mentor at Girls Who Code chapter at Westwood, Garima wants kids to understand that coding is actually fun and rewarding too.

Read about Garima’s journey through learning to code, in her own words.

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The Promise of Learning to Code – Spoon University Story

The Promise of Learning to Code - Spoon University Story

Last weekend, CodeWizardsHQ sponsored a Hackathon in Austin. Austin Mayor Steve Adler was at the event to give a keynote and announce the winners.

He shared an interesting personal story. A story that shows the promise learning to code has for our children.

His said that his third daughter had a business idea while in high school. Without knowing how to code, she didn’t have the skills to bring her idea to life.

She enrolled in a course and learnt to code. Step-by-step she brought that idea to life. Her company is called spoonuniversity.com. It now employs 20 people. She is the co-founder and CTO.

He said, “Her company is getting buyout offers putting her in a very good place at the age of 24”.

No one can guarantee our children a specific outcome as a result of learning something.

But we want to avoid this for our children: They had a brilliant idea and it never came to life just because they didn’t know how to code.

5 Educational Leaders Share The Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code

5 Educational Leaders Share The Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code

Kids should learn to code because certain benefits of coding help to build a foundational shift that is much needed in today’s world of technology.

Whether we read our favorite book, make our shopping list (remember our dear Alexa?), or talk to our friends (yes, I mean Whatsapp!), we use software apps. These apps enable us to do everything in a more fun-filled way.

We all realize that in future more products and services will be software-enabled. Explicably, this is causing a higher demand for technical skills in almost every professional field. And as a result, we can see that Computer Science is infiltrating many streams of the college education.

But if kids learn to code, they get several other benefits also.

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To fully understand the benefits of coding for kids (other than landing a high paying job), we asked many educational leaders one question:

What would you say is the single most important benefit of a child learning to code?

Here is what we learned.

Carol L. Fletcher, Ph.D.,

Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education
The University of Texas @ Austin

learn to code“Coding is uniquely beneficial for students because it combines two kinds of learning experiences that are often separate in traditional schooling.  Systematic problem solving, logical thinking, and iterative design principles can be paired with creativity and a student ownership when kids use coding to create projects that have meaning to them personally. Coding by its nature forces students to try, fail, and try again, thus helping kids become critical thinkers with the grit and commitment to persevere because they are motivated by the opportunity to create something truly personal and social at the same time.”

 

Kevin Schwartz

Technology Officer for Learning and Systems
Austin Independent School District

benefits of coding
In one word, kids can learn “Empathy”.   It might seem counter-intuitive, but coding is very much about cause and effect.  It requires an understanding of how others will act, interact, and react to the program that is created.  There can be a strong connection to human values.”

 

Dr. Shawnterra Moore

Superintendent
South San Francisco Unified School District

benefits of coding

“It opens other doors for students who know how to code and helps them so they become more comfortable with problem solving and finding new ways to approach and tackle complex problems.”

 

 

Tricia Berry

DIRECTOR, WOMEN IN ENGINEERING PROGRAM
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS @AUSTIN

benefits of coding“Coding can help children learn the power of persistence. When a child codes, experiences challenges or failures, problem solves, tries again, perhaps fails again and again, and then eventually persists and succeeds, she gains confidence in her abilities and is more likely to embrace the growth mindset. Being able to persist through challenges and to believe you can figure it out are critical in STEMand life!

 

Lannon Heflin

director of instructional technology
round rock INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

benefits of coding“Students of all ages benefit from learning the foundations of code because the logic, reasoning and computational thinking required translates into better performance in other academic areas. Just like algebraic thinking improves one’s capacity to process and learn new information, the process of assembling code logically to achieve a result requires higher cognitive skills which must be developed with practice. And since most children enjoy apps and games, motivating them to practice these skills is much easier.”

 

These thoughts from our education experts definitely hammer down one argument – we need to equip our kids with proper coding skills by the time they reach college. But, it’s more important to realize that if kids learn to code, they develop skills that cannot be taught through the traditional education system.

One of the biggest benefits of learning how to code is that kids learn how to blend imagination and creation. Coding allows our little dreamers to be entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. It allows them to bring their ideas into reality by writing the software.

It’s not to say that everyone needs to be an entrepreneur. But being entrepreneurial in attitude and approach to whatever you do, should be the way of life. This is what we need to teach our kids too.

All these essential skills, which are instilled through learning programming at an early age, will ultimately open up more opportunities for our children. They will definitely have the edge to thrive in the future.

What do you think?

Teaching Programming To Kids In New Ways

Teaching Programming To Kids In New Ways

Teaching programming to kids may seem very intimidating, especially when there are so many websites that encourage and introduce coding to kids.

Recently, there was an amazing article about how many parents want to teach programming to kids. But unlike reading to your children or teaching them to count, preparing children to code can feel daunting and unnatural.

The article goes on to explain ways in which parents can prepare themselves and spend time with their children and teach programming to kids. It is not as daunting as it first seems.

You can get the full article here.

But, we realize it is hard. You need a lot of time, a willingness to learn coding and the patience to teach it. Some parents might not have the luxury of that. In that case, explore if CodeWizardsHQ’s might be a solution for your needs.

 

How Coding Is Infiltrating Everywhere! [Video]

How Coding Is Infiltrating Everywhere!

The below video makes a compelling case on how computer science (CS) is finding its way into every aspect of life. Coding skills have become necessary in every field.

As a result, Northwestern Univesity is doing a $165M expansion of their computer science department. And they are versioning out computer science courses for the various subjects – CS for Journalism, CS for Art, CS for Engineering etc.

The key message is this – Whatever field your child gets into, a solid background in coding will set them apart, provide them an edge and give them the skills to thrive.

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Fulcrum of all Progress in the World

Watch this awesome video where Dell employees are encouraging people to join their team. There are and will be a lot of technology jobs out there.

Couple of awesome quotes by Michael Dell that explains the role of technology in human progress. The big picture view that we need to keep in mind as it helps think ahead of the world our children will be graduating into.  Read more