Programming (or coding) at school is advocated by many. It could be discussed if learning computer programming in primary and (lower)secondary school adds value. There are many other ways to encourage logical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills. “Steve Jobs would NOT introduce the iPad to his kids.“ Though he argued that all people should learn to program for at least one year for exemple in high school. “Learning to program teaches you to think.” (Steve Jobs). He did not send his own children to a school where computers were used in class or where they were taught programming. He believed that learning the knowledge and skills of traditional subjects well was much more important at that age.
Read also Digital Dementia (Manfred Spitzer) if you wish to make a deliberate decision on whether to introduce computer programming to kids in school or not. Manfred Spitzer claims that children require first of all social and physical activities in the real world. Many who advocate programming for kids have links with the IT industry or are highly influenced by it. Nevertheless is programming a much more productive activity and much more creative than the use of social media and many computer games.
We take up the topic and suggest some programs you could use when you have made the thought-out decision to introduce children to computer programming/coding.
Bee-Bot, young children (5-7 år)
LOGO (7-10 år), Turtle Academy
Code Monster (10-15 år)
SCRATCH (10-15 år)