What is Coding?
Computer code, or program code is the set of instructions forming a computer program which is executed by a computer. This source code is translated into machine code by a compiler or interpreter so that the computer can execute it to perform its tasks. If your kid is between the ages of 5 – 7 years old, you want them to begin learning to code using visual blocks. MIT Media Labs Scratch has designed fun visual block platform that teaches coding concepts while allowing students to build fun games with a lot of creative freedom. 5 ways to introduce children to coding are, encourage hands-on play, use online resources, find them a “coding mentor,” let them play with apps, and create more real-life coding experiences.
Ten Easy Programming Languages
Here are the top 10 easiest programming languages to learn, and the percentage of developers who designated them so, according to WP Engine.
1. HTML (13.3%)
2. Python (9%)
4. PHP (4.9%)
5. Java (4.6%)
6. R (4.4%)
7. Shell (4.4%)
8. Ruby (4.1%)
9. Erlang (3.8%)
Websites to Help Kids Learn Coding
Characteristics of a good coder
These are examples of good characteristics a coder/ programmer should show:
- Have Positive Attitude.
- Supreme Communication Skills
- Great at Time and Task Management
- Quick Learning Ability
- Deep and Broad Technical Experience
- A Good Team Player
- High-End User Focus
Tools to help your children with coding
Good toys/apps to help kids learn and understand coding: Lego Boost Robotics, Code and Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, Code-a-pillar, Sphero SPRK plus, Kano
Computer Kit, Cubetto, and Osmo Coding Jam.
Recommended: Between the ages 1-2 your child should get its first computer
Author: Eva V. Perez, Marketing Intern