Four skills that coding helps develop, too

Blog, Education Sector

Can learning to code help children to excel in other subjects? Absolutely, says Adam Crowther, Marketing Manager at blue{shift} – and sometimes this happens in ways you might not have previously considered.

We all want children to excel no matter what their interests, because that is the nature of our work. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to channel these interests into academic applications. No matter their interests, kids can really benefit from learning about technology. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the four skills learning to code can bolster learners and help them to succeed.

Independence

With the help of tools such as blue{shift}, children can teach themselves how to code. They learn by typing and creating apps, games, films, and robots from the very beginning. Learning to be self-driven is a skill that becomes increasingly important as pupils progress through their education, especially when teachers no longer guide students through every step of an assignment. A self-driven attitude prepares young people for the academic challenges they may face, giving them confidence and know-how to learn themselves.

Creativity

Even outside of the traditionally creative subjects, being able to think in novel ways can be highly beneficial. Mathematics problems, especially at higher levels, often require an element of creativity to figure out, and essays for history or English are improved by imaginative perspectives. But coding is often considered to be a little lacklustre and dull. By learning to code pupils have to apply a code to their own interests. This focus on creative activities reinforces imagination skills and ‘outside the box’ thinking. They get a sense of accomplishment from having created something and programming suddenly holds the promise of a great payoff in the end.

Logical thinking

When creating code, small individual sections fit together to create something much larger. Just as a sentence contributes to a story or a small chemical reaction is one part of a larger experiment, programming is about fitting each small part into the big picture. Being able to think through this logically and clearly is immeasurably useful, and coding is designed to encourage this manner of thinking. Likewise, knowing how to break down a large idea into smaller components to make them workable is a key tool for every student.

Determination

Code doesn’t always work the first time you write it but sticking with it, and working through mistakes, teaches children a valuable lesson: you don’t have to be right the first time. A key part of coding is creating, trialling, and adjusting. And whether it’s a maths problem that takes a couple tries to get right or a paragraph that needs some extra proof-reading, teaching kids the mindset that they can improve and become better at something with trial and error will help them truly to excel in class.

Coding is often seen as a niche skill to learn – but at blue{shift} we think it’s awesome for all kinds of things!

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