Why We Need to Teach Kids to Coding

Obviously, don’t even get me started on the ridiculous skills gap we’ve got in technology and the fact that, in most schools, kids still aren’t being offered any options for learning programming. I can’t even understand it. So, when SheKnows asked me to write a couple of pieces on teaching Programming for Kids, I jumped at the chance…

We’re living in a digital age where mobile phones and tablets are a natural part of kids’ lives. Where even LEGOs have moved into the computer with Minecraft. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, today’s kids need to learn how to create digital programs, not just consume them.

Coding (computer programming) is the art of creating anything from computer games and iPhone apps to computational models that help us improve health care. As our kids grow up, this ability to code will become as fundamental as reading and writing to their success, regardless of what occupation they ultimately choose. Continue reading “Why We Need to Teach Kids to Coding”

Why Kids Should Learn to Program

Programming hasn’t become this popular by accident. There is a growing understanding that knowing how to program is essential, especially for younger generations. Learning facts is less and less relevant in a world where Google can satisfy just about any question in a matter of milliseconds; it is skills that will enable children to succeed, and that set of skills must include programming.

Here are a few reasons why learning programming is important:

1. Programming is a basic literacy in the digital age.

Kids are growing up in a very different world than that of their parents. Cellphones, computers, Youtube, Netflix, and Facebook are embedded in their daily lives. Even toys are digital, and many are programmable, such as Legos and the new-generation LeapFrogs.

It is one thing to know how to use these technologies. It’s another, however, to understand the logic behind them. When learning to program, kids understand and tinker with the digital world they inhabit. Coding draws back the seeming “magic” of technology so they can truly understand the logic and science that controls this technology–a discovery that is all the more magical. Continue reading “Why Kids Should Learn to Program”

8 Reasons Why kids need to Learn coding

The main arguments behind the push for college kids to find out to coding classes, typically focus on making ready students for future jobs. there’s a talent shortage within the applied science business that determines skillful job seekers will walk into profitable contracts. This trend is foretold to rise.

The other side to the same old argument is that even students World Health Organization don’t add the technology business also will profit throughout their life and careers by learning applied science, as all industries currently involve some part of programming. Continue reading “8 Reasons Why kids need to Learn coding”

Cisco to Introduce Digital Stereo System at CES

Cisco has won much attention from consumer news sites since the New York Times reported Monday that the networking giant at CES next week is expected to unveil a digital stereo system that can move music wirelessly around a house, among other consumer offerings. But analysts and pundits say there are hurdles that Cisco must overcome in a market where Cisco is an unknown brand. Pundits also point to similar offerings from Sonos, Logitech and Apple.

Jonathan Greene writing in eHomeUpgrade says he’s puzzled as to “why Cisco is not simply focusing on enabling the connectivity and distribution piece on the network rather than going for the end-point.” He adds that he’d rather see “something neutral that provides access to content (and not just music btw) where I want it – whether that’s in my house or pushed out to my mobile device.” Greene also points out that Cisco will need to gain access from the very closed Apple iTunes ecosystem to make this a useful device. “So far, the standard fault of every media streamer is that it can’t play iTunes DRM … I don’t see how Cisco’s solution solves any of this,” Greene writes. Continue reading “Cisco to Introduce Digital Stereo System at CES”

Cisco: Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same

All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite net neutrality advocates’ calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems said.

A huge number of Internet-connected devices with a wide variety of traffic requirements, including billions of machine-to-machine connections, will come online over the next four years, Cisco predicted in its Visual Networking Index Global Forecast and Service Adoption, released Tuesday.

“What we’re seeing is a wide range and a very diverse range of devices, applications and requirements that results in a much greater complexity of the networks,” said Robert Pepper, Cisco’s vice president for global technology policy. “The Internet of everything is here, it’s real, and it’s growing.” Continue reading “Cisco: Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same”