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Coding with the kindergarten crowd

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
October 10th, 2014

When it comes to coding, kindergarten students are joining in on the trend

kindergarten-codingIntroducing coding to kindergarten students helps them reflect on their own learning as they develop 21st-century skills such as problem solving and creativity, experts say.

Coding has emerged as one of the most popular learning trends in recent years, and when it comes to programming, young students are proving just as capable as older students.

Studies suggest that engaging students in STEM and computer-based learning at an early age will help students retain their interest as those subjects become more challenging in high school and college, and it is this line of thinking that has prompted such early introductions to coding concepts.

Teaching coding in kindergarten helps young students learn important creativity and problem-solving skills that will position them for success as they move through school, said Amanda Strawhacker, DevTech Research Group lab manager and research scientist on the ScratchJr Project at Tufts University, during an edWeb webinar on kindergarten coding. The DevTech Research Group identifies ways technology can positively impact children’s development and learning.

(Next page: What experts and educators say about coding in early grades)