Posted on September 13th, 2017 in Coding Tags: , ,
Coding teaches students to think in a different way.

Coding isn’t just about learning how to type lines of code.

In this video, Gene Luen-Yang, a high school teacher of 17 years, explains his experiences of teaching computer science and how coding teaches students to think differently:

The True Value of Coding: It Teaches You to Think Differently | Gene Luen-Yang | Big Think

Key Takeaways From The Video:

Computers are a specialized type of knowledge.

Incorporating computers and technology into other subjects in school is a great idea, but the subject of computer science also deserves special attention. Because computer science literacy is so integral to life now, students need to understand how to maximize what they get out of a computer. The only way to do that is to understand how the computer and technology work. Knowing how to make it work simply isn’t enough anymore.

Coding teaches students more than just how to type a line of code.

It isn’t only about teaching students how to type lines of code. Instead, it’s about teaching students how to think in a certain way. In order to code effectively and successfully, a programmer needs the ability to take a large, complex problem and break it down into smaller pieces. They have to take vague concepts and put them into concrete, understandable steps. And it’s this skill that’s becoming essential and applicable to all parts of life.

The future of computers is unknown.

Right now, no one can definitely say where the computer industry is headed or what technology will look like in the coming years. However, we can be certain that code and the ability to code will be increasingly more valuable because of the type of thinking it takes to successfully code. Those with the ability and knowledge of code, understand logic and, as a result, are a better thinker.

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