I looked in the section for elementary coding pros and cons. I have to agree with some opinions that students should learn social skills, fine motor, and gross motor skills( NY times roundtable). I can also say that as an educator, it’s getting so hard to fit in all the demands of different curricular requirements in my own experience. Should teaching computer sciences compete for the minimal time I have for other content area instruction like science, social studies, health, and PE? Should I teach how children how to program a computer instead of how to communicate with people over the phone, or in person? When would we practice this when a lot of technology in our schools isn’t up to date in most cases. I don’t know if I wasn’t looking in the right research, but I didn’t find anything really to support the reasons to be against coding.
Phipps( 2014) says that it’s never too late to learn to program and her article spoke about kinds of ways to reach children across a spectrum of ages. I wasn’t saying that optimal learning of vocabulary was between the ages of 4 and 6. She also said that people in high school and college have learned about computer sciences with success. A contradictory article said that CS should be taught in elementary (Zamora, 2014). She states that kids should learn the language acquisition of CS alongside the instruction for language arts so that students can learn the high tech language in high school since they are predisposed to the vocabulary.
I leave you with this quote, “In the 21st century, every student should learn to program, for three reasons. Computational thinking is an essential capability for just about everyone. Programming is an incredibly useful skill: fields from anthropology to zoology are becoming information fields, and those who can bend the power of the computer to their will have an advantage over those who can’t. Finally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 71 percent of all new jobs in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during the next decade will be in computer science” ( Strauss, 2014)
I am leaving my personal opinion out of this component of computer coding and I’m going to be open in reading and responding to others’ insights.
Phipps, 2014. Should kids learn to code?. Georgia Assembly. Retrieved on June 25 from https://blog.generalassemb.ly/should-kids-learn-to-code/
Strauss. Valerie. 2014. All students should learn to code. right? not so fast. Washington Post. May 29, 2014. Retrieved on June 25, 2015 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/29/all-students-should-learn-to-code-right-not-so-fast/
Zamora, W. 2014. Why coding should be taught in elementary school. Education technology blog. Evan Moor. Retrieved on June 25, 2015 from http://techblog.evan-moor.com/2014/04/01/coding-taught-elementary-school/