If you have been watching the news recently then you would have seen that schools across the UK now include coding in their School curriculum. Programming lessons are now a part of the school day, but this may be a subject that is alien to most parents. So is there anything parents can do to help get their kids get top marks in this class?
As coding has become popular in schools there has been a wave of new gadgets released to the market to help children improve in coding.
“Coding kids aren’t a new trend. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Usborne Publishing was releasing books to teach children computer programming, with a range of other books, computer clubs and software following in their wake.”
One of the most popular gadgets on the market is Kano, “a computer anyone can make”. This computer arrives in parts and children can put kano together, helping them on their first steps to coding. “Kano offers several applications and games designed to get kids coding. That includes a version of Minecraft they can customise using the device’s Kano Blocks programming system”.
Another popular gadget that can help children get ahead with coding is Fisher-Price’s Code-a-pillar. This toy is colourful and bold where “each of the Code-a-pillar’s segments gives it a certain instruction: go straight, turn right or left and make a sound. How children arrange these segments dictates how the Code-a-pillar moves”.
Gadgets are a fun way for children to learn how to code but apps can also be very helpful. To help get children prepared for their school coding lessons try downloading some engaging coding apps, this may help them get use to the idea of coding and can get them excited about the topic. They may then see this as something that interests them when they are adults.
One popular app is Tynker. “Tynker takes the now familiar structure of turning coding into puzzles. Children solve these by creating their own programs, which they do by dragging and dropping command blocks into sequences”.
Do you think the above gadgets and apps will help get your child ahead in their coding lessons? Let us know what you think about this interesting topic.