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Should Elementary School Students Learn How to Code?

on April 12, 2013

Answer: Yes, according to Tynker and a number of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) LinkedIn group members.

This week, a fairly new company named Tynker launched a new programming skills platform for schools in the U.S. and Canada. Unlike other platforms currently out there t hat just target the higher end of the K-12 spectrum, this one is designed for elementary through high school students.

After asking the ISTE LinkedIn group "How early should computer programming skills be introduced to kids?" nearly 75 percent of 168 respondents said it should be introduced from kindergarten to fifth grade. But at the same time, respondents also said that not everyone needs a foundation in programming, just like not everyone should learn another spoken language. The company wrote about this conversation on its blog.

Through the platform, students create animations, mobile games and music by programming, among other things. And teachers have capabilities to manage their classrooms, assess students and teach themed lesson plans at different grade levels.

What do you think? Should students learn how to code at a younger age? If so, should it be mandatory or optional? 


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