I was once asked by a fellow teacher, “Why do you teach coding to your students? It’s not in the curriculum”. She felt that it was a waste of my time to teach coding in the classroom. I beg to differ (as do a myriad of other educators as well as those in the business sector and now it has been added to my local curriculum expectations. Read on to learn about why coding is important for students and where to find the best FREE coding resources for your classroom.
Loren Padelford, Vice President at Shopify, had this to say about coding in the classroom: “Coding is the language of the future and will be a need for decades. Everyone should learn to code, just like they learn to read”. Coding is not just important for developing skills that students could use in a future tech job. It is also important because there are a host of skills that are developed as students learn to code. These are just a few: