What are the best Techniques for Kids to learn Code and keep them excited as well?

Written by Ucode Research on August 29, 2019

The most commonly recognised strategy for teaching kids is by linking play and learning together. Children who are happy tend to learn faster and begin to associate fun and learning at a very early age. Visual programming languages such as Scratch have been directly developed for kids between the ages of 5 and up have shown to be hugely beneficial to their learning and continued interest in programming.

Children learn best when they are given appropriate responsibility, allowed to make errors, decisions and choices, and respected as autonomous learners” – Tina Bruce

It is often best to disregard computer science jargon when teaching a child instead and head right into the core concepts of programming – children will likely gravitate towards the parts they find interesting and learn by themselves.

“In today’s world where the average attention span is constantly getting shorter we need to find ways to incentivize learning for kids and make it fun” – John Shindler, (Transformative classroom management, 2009)

Despite its intellectual reputation, programming is a hands-on skill that requires practice to truly understand. When teaching kids, it is important that you let the kids ‘drive’ so that they are directly engaging with the code, solving problems independently and reaping the rewards of the results.

On the non-software side of things – Lego and other problem solving puzzle games have shown to be useful in developing kids interest in programming from an early age. Such activities present challenges in a fun and interesting way, promoting a positive association between problem-solving and fun.

Source:

1 https://opensource.com/life/15/6/6-tips-teaching-kids-code

2 http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/foundation_stage/learning_through_play_ey.pdf

3 https://scratch.mit.edu/statistics/

4 http://web.calstatela.edu/faculty/jshindl/cm/Chapter18competition-final.htm