Another reason coding is important even for younger children, according to educator and EdTech thought leader Michael Cohen, is that it supports early literacy development.
“Coding and literacy development complement each other because they are both based off of a structure of communication that shares ideas and provides an experience,” says Cohen.
He explains that the challenge with early literacy is that many of the fundamental components of writing are abstract and complex.
“Take sequence, for example. Students in the first grade struggle with beginning middle and end in a written context while they understand it clearly in a visual or kinesthetic process. When using coding as a tool to visualise the writing process, students are able to see how sequence, transition, and “bugs” affect the outcome of their writing.”
Cohen also believes that coding can be introduced to students as young as kindergarten, and that every age can extract a specific value from coding, programming and computational thinking. The main difference between younger and older students is how complex of a program they can create.
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