In this digital age, no one can get by without knowing how to use a computer. So, how do you teach your homeschooler what they need to know about technology to be successful after they leave your house? There are typing lessons and other technology curriculum that they can go through, but none of them address computer science in a way that’s fun engaging and will set them up for career success in the future.
Teaching computer science is a fine balance between teaching relevant information and making the contact engaging enough for actual learning to take place. Other posts in this blog talk about that in more detail but in this post I’m answering why your student needs to learn computer science in the first place. Here are three fundamental reasons why your student needs to learn how to code.
1. Computer science is a basic skill
Computer science is a basic skill like math or English. The beauty of computer science and coding is that once you learn one language you can apply it to so many other things. Not only that, coding is in everything. Literally everything. I think cars two refrigerators to your grill to the cell phone in your pocket. Everything runs off of code. This means that no matter your job in the future you will benefit by knowing how to program.
2. Keep up with pubic education requirements
Computer science keeps your student on pace with public and private schooled children. The State of Iowa is now integrating computer science curriculum into their public education and many private schools already have something like this implemented. Simply passing on teaching this to your student because you don’t have a background in it will be putting them at disadvantage.
3. Develop problem solving skills
Learning how to code is more than just how to type or tell the computer how to do things in their language. When coding you develop problem-solving skills. You learn how to think critically about how to change something to reach your desired outcome. Research skills are developed to find information that you need to make something happen. You also learn how to overcome problems and workaround misinterpretation of instructions. Learning how to code is developing a mindset that will be necessary for the rest of your student’s life.
Hopefully this list is helpful and motivating! These reasons are meant to convince you that your student needs to learn how to program. However they are not the only benefits. For more insights into computer science education please subscribe to my newsletter.