EDET 678 Week 6 What are the compelling arguments both for and against computer coding in schools?
There are many pros and cons to computer coding in schools. “Coding is said by some, is the new literacy,” (Trucano, 2014). When I think about coding, I think about entering numbers, equations, data, etc., into the computer, and whatever codes you input, the computer will generate a response. I was a biller after high school in a hospital, and it had to do a lot with entering patient’s visits- codes. I hated it, and I’m glad this type of coding isn’t that.
“Learning how to code means a child can create an educational tool to help them learn, an imaginary world to play in or just create useful software that makes life easier… all from a child’s perspective,” (Singh, 2015). According to Harrell, “Learning the fundamentals of coding provides students with skills that will serve them well in virtually any career they choose.” Coding is the ability to make tablets and computers do useful things (Harrell, 2015).
So what are the pros and cons of coding?
Pros (Trucano, 2014)
- Help students acquire vocational skills that are immediately relevant to today’s job market.
- Helps develop important logic and problem-solving skills.
- Helps students better understand the nature of the world around them, and how and why increasing parts of it function as they do.
- Can serve as a gateway to subsequent study of STEM topics, and possibly lead to jobs and careers in related fields.
- Enables creativity and creative expression.
Cons (Ronan, 2016)
- Replaces teachers
- Easier access to others’ work
- Disparity of access outside of class
Some of the cons I’ve come up with are: the teacher is not open to educational technology; teacher is non-tech savvy, no support from other teachers, administration or parents, and problems with Internet connectivity in and outside of school.
I think coding is something I can get into. I would love to try it in my classroom.
Harrell, M. (2015, March 17). Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now. Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/add-coding-elementary-curriculum-now-matt-harrell
Ronan, A. (2016, April 26). The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom. Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://www.edudemic.com/education-technology-pros-cons/
Singh, L. (2015, June 7). Kids can rule in code-writing world if given right tools. Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/kids-who-code-why-the-app-store-will-soon-be-dominated-by-young-developers-20150602-ghetgt
Trucano, M. (2014, August 12). Should All Students Learn How to Code? Pros and Cons. Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://www.wise-qatar.org/coding-cognitive-abilities-michael-trucano