As the parent of a son who built his first computer at 8...
Started his own business at 17 and is now the CTO (chief technical officer) in an IT company in Germany, I believe there's tremendous value in coding from an early age. I fondly recall Kyle extolling me to "embrace the 21st century!" Those involved in delivering front-line education will need to do the same.
Waking up to see young Max on the BBC news this morning, made me smile and reminded me of our son Kyle. Coding for primary school children is not surprisingly endorsed by Max, aged a mere ten years.
As a motivational speaker who works in education as well as business, I see this as a great step forward. We need to understand how to manipulate and work technology to our advantage.
We love new
We prefer new to old. Young people in particular love what's in vogue. I recall my mother, who never seemed to age saying, "If you are not in fashion, you might as well be dead!" (as she justified to my father the amount required to dress four daughters!) It's equally applicable in the case. Stay up-to-date or become a dinosaur. Be ahead of the game to win it. If this new initiative is launched well, young people will love it.
2014 = The Year of Code
The UK government has announced recently, that 2014 is its Year of Code as it attempts to tackle a skills shortage in a world that is more and more dependant on digital communication. The dilemma is: "
- Are teachers ready?
- Are they equipped to tackle IT?
- Are they willing to engage and motivate students in the subject?
I believe that's were empowerment coaches and speakers can be a source (just like my page source code above) can be the background help and support to encourage and boost confidence.
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