Furthering your Child’s Computer Development

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Our kids are growing up in a world that runs on technology. It’s important to prepare them for the future ahead by fostering their development in our increasingly technological world by exposing them to one of the most powerful inventions of all time.

The computer.

Teaching your kids advanced skills like coding is a great way to set them up for a career path in life. As parents, we all want our kids to be successful in their later years and there’s no better industry to accomplish this than in the IT world. Here are some tips to develop your child’s computer skills.

Teach Em’ While They’re Young!

It’s well-known that kids can learn languages easily while they’re young. But why not learn a programming language as well? As long as the concept is oriented towards a specific grade level, it shouldn’t be too difficult to make your kids have fun learning important concepts. There are tools out there to simplify the learning process, but here are some DIY tips to help your child understand computer science at a young age:

  • Pictures
  • Flashcards
  • Online Programs
  • Games

Not all kids will like learning about the science behind computers, however. Don’t force it onto your kids or else they won’t have fun learning it. For instance, if your kid shows a preference for how cars work, there’s no point in teaching him/her beyond basic computer concepts.

Online Resources

There are plenty of computer science resources tailored towards kids. They are great because they explain topics visually and hands-on. Here’s a look at three programs that are extremely good for expanding your child’s computer knowledge.

  • Scratch

Scratch is a programming language designed by students at MIT. It has a user-friendly interface that comes with many tutorials on how to use the program. Coding is taught using draggable command blocks used to create scripts for a program. Scratch allows users to create anything from games to stories. What makes the program really amazing is that it’s completely free. It’s a good place to start learning how code works for beginners.

  • Code.org

Code.org offers a variety of programming languages to choose from. This site is probably the most popular one on this list and it is endorsed by the big names in tech like Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates. Just like Scratch, it uses draggable command lines to write lines of code. However, that’s where the similarities stop. Code.org features many different themes and activities to learn a programming language, with activities around a certain theme (like Frozen). The wide range of languages to choose from and the added ability to see the actual code makes this one a top contender for the best coding site for kids. There’s also a full computer science course designed for kids from as young as 6 and up. Oh, and it’s free.

  • Udemy

Udemy works like a homeschooling course, in the sense that you sign up and pay for a course and get access to instructor videos and tutorials. There are hundreds of topics in computer science available on Udemy (for free or paid) and all offer a phenomenal learning experience. Take full advantage of courses like HTML and CSS, which are the fundamental languages for building websites.

Summer Camps

After all the internet and DIY methods have been exhausted, there are IT summer camp options available for your child. Camps like iD Tech offers kids a week long experience to learn programming, gaming, robotics, and other topics. These camps give your kids the chance to interact with those who share the same interests and learn hands-on with rewarding benefits.

Final Thoughts?

Kids learn at their own pace, don’t try to rush them. Let them take it easy because in time, they’ll understand and they will love the valuable experience they got learning from a young age. And don’t be afraid to learn with your kids too, it can be an invaluable bonding experience.

Lastly, if your kid is having a problem understanding a topic, be there to support them and explain it. If you don’t know, check with your child’s school computer lab (just about every school has them now). Also, don’t be afraid to google any questions you can’t find the answers to. Good luck furthering your kids’ computer skills and education, it is one of the best things we can do to get our children ready for the world.

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