The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Programming

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Programming

Remote learning was quietly tiptoeing its way on a slow and steady rise even before the COVID-19 pandemic and switched into an overdrive in the last two months. The lasting impact it will have on the way we communicate, work, and learn positions a hopeful opportunity to change some of our daily practices - for the better. The inevitable shift to a digital society where learning to program will be essential for the future, and necessary in the workforce. Learning and harnessing coding skills from a young age will set children up for a lifetime of success. Regardless of their job field or interest, whether they pursue work related in computer science or not, programming will give them an advantage in practically every modern industry worldwide. 

While computer science instruction is improving in the school system and curriculum, the depth that these lessons provide are relatively low for students. This isn’t the schools nor the teacher’s fault as providing programming with the most up to date languages and tools typically require some computer science background. As a result, parents have an option to take additional steps to pursue the subject further for their children, and who are looking for outside resources to provide coding instructions. That is where we come in; Kids Innovative offers programs with the mission of fostering the curiosity of young minds, and preparing them to be future leaders by building lifelong learners.

Programming for beginners can seem like a daunting concept, as leaping into software and web development without any prior knowledge can cause worry of the unknown. While this can be a scary start, it has the potential to provide long term success and reward for your child. If you’re wondering what coding is like for complete beginners, or what programming even means, you have come to the right place! 

What is programming, and how does it work?

Essentially, programming is the human written instructions for computers. It is the creative process behind the workings of computers and tells them how to do a task. The process to which it works functions similarly to how you may raise a child; provides instruction and information on how to fulfill the task at hand. If you think about the apps on your phone, like Instagram, Facebook, Netflix and other software companies, they are all made through written programming. The codes are what allows these apps to function and exist. In essence , similar to human interaction, coding is its own language that allows for computers to understand what we want them to do - and it is how humans “talk” to the machines using their language.

"Programming has now become a basic literacy that cannot be ignored."

Is coding a complicated concept?

As we all know, children are fully immersed in the digital era, where they learn to use phones and devices even before they know how to walk or talk. Skills relating to the virtual world, such as coding, have become just as important as reading and writing in today’s society. Programming has now become a basic literacy that cannot be ignored. If computers are at all a part of your child's life, learning to program will help open more doors in their future. It will allow children to speak the same language as the computers and use their boundless imaginations to develop their creative thinking, and create anything from short scripts to all-inclusive apps preparing them for their future job opportunities.  

Is this truly a long-term benefit?

Aside from gaining and developing critical thinking skills and fostering creativity, programming is an increasingly required skill in the workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineering jobs will grow 18.8% by 2024, and "computer systems analyst jobs will increase 20.9% by the same year."

There is no doubt that data mining are increasingly important in the workplaces of tomorrow, and the real question at hand is if people of today are willing to prepare for it. We are all aware that AI (artificial intelligence) will soon cause a technological disruption; a report by McKinsey even states that over 60% of all occupations will be impacted. However, the silver lining is that the professions that demand higher levels of people management, creativity, critical thinking, and other human interpersonal skills that a computer cannot match anytime soon. It is now up to all of us to prepare the younger generations and provide them with programs and resources in order to increase their opportunities for success. 

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