Reading, writing, arithmetic and lately coding vocable 589 The New York times by Matt Richtel

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Reading, writing, arithmetic and lately coding vocable 589 The New York times by Matt Richtel

Message  MurielB le Mer 18 Juin - 8:36

http://beta.slashdot.org/story/201895

"The NY Times reports that the national educational movement in computer coding instruction is growing at Internet speeds. 'There's never been a move this fast in education,' said Elliot Soloway, a professor of education and computer science at the Univ. of Michigan. But, cautions the NY Times' Matt Richtel, it is not clear that teaching basic computer science in grade school will beget future jobs or foster broader creativity and logical thinking, as some champions of the movement are projecting. And particularly for younger children, the activity is more like a video game

As foreign languages are introduced in elementary or nursery schools, coding classes are also gradually present in high schools and law grades too. There 's never been a move that fast in education. Will that teaching give better job opportunities ? it's not so certain. Anyway the lessons do not of course involve traditional computor language but simple word commands like "move forwards " or "turn right" that children can click and move round to.
Let's have a look at the site where you can hear a lot of very interesting testimonies.
http://code.org/
I am not a computor sciencist myself and I would very much like to know what competent people think.

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