Coding in the News

Coding in the News

Coding in the News

The landscape of technology, coding, and learning is constantly evolving. We’ll be highlighting some exciting developments in coding, as well as interesting research on the future of education.

What does the 21st century job market look like?

A new analysis shows that about half of jobs in the top income quartile in the U.S. now require some coding or computer science skills. But note that not all of these jobs are software engineers! The reality is that lots of jobs across many different sectors now require coding knowledge. Read more.

Coding isn’t just for engineers

John Maeda, a superstar of the design world, makes the case that the most successful designers need to have flexible skills that include words, voice, imagery, interaction, and code. “When you can do both [design and coding], you can do things that no one else can do,” he says. Maeda’s perspective underscores the reality that an increasing number of jobs – even in creative roles – also require the ability to code. Read more.

How do you get your kids interested in STEM?

New research from the University of Chicago addresses how parents can increase their children’s interest in STEM careers – and it’s simpler than you might think. This research suggests that one powerful strategy is just talking to your kids about how math and science are relevant to them and their interests – like how their favorite video game is created or how their computer works. The most exciting part of this research? Talking to kids about the relevancy of STEM not only increases their interest in STEM careers, but also actually increases their ACT test scores in these subjects! Read more.

Coding for social good

How can computers and data mining be used to predict mental health crises and save lives? It’s already happening! Data scientists are using machine learning to analyze text messages from Crisis Text Line, a text messaging-based crisis counseling hotline. They hope that they can leverage machine learning (the same predictive technology that Netflix and Amazon use to predict what you will want to watch or buy) to identify signs that an individual may be having a mental health crisis, and eventually intervene to save lives. Projects like this highlight how much potential there is for coding and computing to benefit people – if your child learns to code, there is so much they can do to change people’s lives. Read more.

We are constantly amazed by the ways that coding is changing our world – and this is what motivates us to get all kids coding. Learning to code doesn’t just open up future job opportunities, but also allows kids to access a creative medium through which they can truly have an impact.

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