Blog 14 Dec 2015

Darsej Rizaj

Why my child needs to learn programming

Programming is a term that usually, when we hear it, associates us with a group of individuals who are technology experts. However, programming is not just for tech experts! In recent years a curriculum has been developed which enables children to learn to code in programming languages.


According to Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab, most of the children exposed to technology today give the impression that they are technological generations and can do whatever they want with computers. However, this is a misconception, as according to statistics most children know how to browse websites, communicate in chat and play video games. Mitch adds that it looks like we have taught children to read, but not to write. According to him, we have taught them how to use computers but not even how to express their creativity through computers. In other words, it is the same as teaching them how to read but not how to write.

Coding is not just for computer experts, says Mitch Resnic - it's for everyone.
In the video below, you can see his entire presentation at TED and see why programming is an important tool in developing creativity of the child and the development of learning methodology in general. You can also see how the Scratch programming language was created for children, which is fun and at the same time very educational.