BY: CLAIRE KIM
Programming is basically a language on its own. It’s no different from the basic Spanish and French that you learn at school. Web programming embraces the idea of online communication through a direct and simple script. Many leading companies such as Apple, have become more engaged in coding and have started to take a step further in their creations.
Apple has recently organized an app called, Swift Playgrounds which it’s objective is to let students learn about basic programming instructions through a game. The game involves motion and quick movement using a character. It seems like a regular game that most kids these days are attracted to. By making this coding experience a game, that in itself makes a great number of kids eager to put their hands-on programming. It’s a smart idea.
Other than Apple, there are obviously other companies that have caught up in the programming bandwagon. Google and Microsoft are two of Apple’s rivals that have sought out coding programs to the young audience as well. Using the immensely popular Minecraft game to teach coding is honestly, one of the most brilliant ways to grasp the attention of young coders. It may not be the most original idea, but it does allow Microsoft to be successful.
Learning programming does not mean that you necessarily have to be sitting behind a screen and a keyboard. I believe that hands-on activities can have a great influence on coding education to students as well. If some students are very interested in building and imaginative creating, designing robots through coding would be a very fun way for them to practice.
Coding has not only become a very widely well-known subject, but it is also now increasingly becoming appreciated by the younger audience. It captures the dynamics of computer language through easy and simple commands that will eventually become more popular as more options are available for students to learn this unique computer language.