I agree! I think that in ten years people who code will have a head start on those who don't.
I believe that students and schools are realizing more and more that in addition to learning facts, students need to learn how to use them. In other words, more than learning how something works, they need to figure out how it works by actually making or creating it.
There are lots of websites and apps out there to help people learn how to code. There's a free one going on right now i wanted to share with you from webucator.
- To find it you go to their Self-paced Courses page.
- Browse through the courses to find the course you want to take!
- Ignore the prices because I am about to give you a coupon!
- By using the CODE4KIDS coupon, you certify that you are registering students who are at least 13 years old. NOTE: enter the student's information on the billing and student registration forms. USE A UNIQUE EMAIL ADDRESS FOR EACH STUDENT.
- When signing up you agree that instructor support is limited to content covered in the course.
There are other sites, so if you dislike that one don't quit on coding! Check out www.codecademy.com http://code.org http://www.codeavengers.com/ This year I plan to take a course and then post an updated blog about how I would use it in the classroom, but for now I am sure you can find tons of information out there to help you:)
Plus, if you have any students who don't do anything in English outside of school, this may be a way that they will spend more reading, which will undoubtedly help their English in your class!
Let me know if any of your students take the course and what they think!