The reality is that coding is NOT the new black. It's more the new blue...collar, that is. Read on to find out why.
Straight from the horse's mouth
At a recent conference I attended, I was fortunate to hear a keynote from Taj Pabari, founder of FiftySix Creations and Young Australian of the Year. Taj’s story alone, is inspirational. The seventeen-year-old inventor, social entrepreneur and educational pioneer is passionate about inspiring children to discover and embrace the world of creativity through technology and innovation. His company, Fiftysix Creations promote a build-it-yourself tablet and creativity kit for kids. You can find out more form his website or www.hellofiftysix.com.
What made Mark Zukerberg a success (or even Taj Pabari), wasn't their ability to program a computer - it was their ability to innovate and create new ideas and that is what we need to foster in our learners.
The new economy is here!
Coding isn't all bad!
So by all means, jump on the coding bandwagon, but don't turn it into a unicorn. It's a good skill for our students to have in their 21st Century arsenal but it is not the only skill they should have.