If you’re like most parents, you’re dreading the time when your kid comes home to ask for help with their homework and, whether it’s calculus, geometry or algebra, you’re eyes glaze over because we’ve only retained the parts of school that we use on our regular basis. With our generation of tech-savvy kiddos, what do you do when they tell you they want to learn how to code? Coding is a very legitimate career path these days and, to be passionate about it (as with anything), the interest has to be nurtured.
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates recently funded a non-profit organization called Code.ORG. If you do anything, visit their main site and watch the video – it’s quite compelling. The entire basis of the organization is to build awareness of the industry as a whole and essentially to make it seem way less scary than when we were kids and it frankly seemed unattainable.
I linked this blog post to a great article from a fellow blogger (coolmomtech.com) where she references three very legitimate, easy-to-use blog posts for your child if they want to learn how to code.
- Code.ORG (referenced above)
- Khan Academy – Ironically, I’ve also been able to use this site in my day-to-day business activities. Quite simply, it’s a FREE educational site (with great mobile capabilities as well) that utilizes online video to walk a variety of age groups through different subject matters in 5 minutes or less.
- Girls Who Code – This was a new discovery for me, but Girls Who Code works to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. I love it… it’s the “girl power” movement for our kid’s generation.
I encourage you to take a look at the article when you get a chance. It’s a quick read, but I’m sure it will hit home for a few of you. Are there any other online resources that you use for getting your kids excited about technology opportunities?