When I was teaching, I had heard that it was important to teach students how to code. But, as a teacher, I had no time to wrap my brain around what in the world that meant and what I could possibly do about it. I mean, and this is incredibly ironic, but I never took a computer programming course. Everything that I can do on a computer is completely self-taught learned in the trenches of completing acts that had to be done in the moment where I learned on the fly. However, I am becoming ever more aware of the impact of coding on our future.
This truly is going to be another language that kids are going to need to know how to "speak," read and write. As more and more is automated in life, that line is going to blur more and more. And I was reminded of this just yesterday when I watched a story on my favorite 60 Minutes about Autonomous Drones.
I was truly blown away by this story. Those robots were coded to not only complete a task, but to be able to interact with each other and learn from each's movements. WOW! Understanding code will be important for everyone of all job backgrounds to know and understand how robots work because robots will be everywhere. It may seem like a GIANT leap for some of us, but there are so many great, free coding programs to start with...