Coding is the most desired skill of the 21st century. Considered as one of the highest paying and stable careers, traditionally Coding is opted by many students at a college level. There exists a general perception that coding is the forte of the “gifted learners” and cannot be taken up by average students.
Before anything else, we need to address what is coding and how does one start learning it. Well, simply put, coding is a way to make software and hardware act upon your instructions. There is a particular way to do this and learning that way is learning to code.
It is naturally logical in nature, and hence learning to code teaches good logical ability to learners. In addition, it teaches how to solve a problem by breaking its complexity to a simpler structure and making deductions from it.
According to the New Education Policy (NEP), introducing coding and enhancing the exposure to technology at a young age will show the students a path to a new world of innovation and creativity. The current curriculum is not enough to prepare our students for a market which is going to be completely dynamic in the coming years.
Coding is a boon for students as it will teach them logical thinking and problem solving from an earlier stage. Undoubtedly, coding is a game changer in the education system. We will see a new generation that will be using analytical thinking to solve problems. In India, it is the perfect time to teach the children about new-age learning which will help them tremendously in the employment opportunities in the future.
For a fact, students who are well known to possess the coding skill generally get a higher score in mathematics, better abstract thinking and confidence. In the recent past, newer and effective means to teach coding have come up, especially for school students at early ages. With so many options available for these courses, it is difficult to choose the correct institute or a learning center for young children.
It is important to keep these key factors in mind before choosing a platform for learning to code such as; an institute offering an updated curriculum, skilled faculty with hands-on practice and enjoyable learning.
Some of the popular courses in Coding include Visual programming (Scratch/Code.ORG), Python, Web development, Robotics and Data Sciences. Many websites are teaching coding to kids through Blocks, popularly referred to as Block or Visual programming. Few other websites offer courses for higher grade school students. Some of the established websites also teach Robotics, Python, Block programming and more for free while others are offering a 1:1 mentorship model and charge hourly fees.
All in all, there is a cut-throat competition and newer jobs and businesses in future would demand many more skills with creativity. With extra automation, more and more people would be required to learn coding so that human growth and progress is achieved. It is, henceforth, required that we train our students into coding. It is not necessary that everyone should take up a career in coding; however, learning coding will help the younger generation to become sharper and would ensure that human race progresses ahead of time.
(The author is Manmohan Gupta, Founder of Coding Blocks. He is an IIT Delhi alumni and the Co-founder of Nagarro software, a Software MNC with more than 8000 engineers worldwide. Coding Blocks Junior, a new initiative from the company provides free Coding courses to school students across India and abroad.)
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