Parents often share with us that they are unfamiliar with programming and unsure what is the most suitable first coding language for their child to pick up. To help you get started, we will share the differences between Blocks-based and Syntax-based language and the recommended first coding language to pick up for beginner and advanced coders.
Reimagining Crowdfunding to Aid the Poor with HandUp
Many are interested to volunteer and give back to the society but do not know where to start. They are also concerned that their donation will not reach the needy. On the other hand, those in need often do not know how to seek help. In this series of “Technology For Good” blog posts, we share inspiring stories of how entrepreneurs use technology to make impact to the world’s pressing social issues.
This summer marks my third year of being an entrepreneur. Running First Code Academy has been a rewarding and challenging journey.
In July 2013 I decided to launch a one day workshop, called AppJamming, to teach a group of primary school girls how to code.
We had one of the most exciting and fruitful summers for both our Hong Kong and Singapore campus this year. One of the interesting courses that we ran is two-week App Entrepreneur Design Thinking Bootcamp for students aged 15 and above. Students learn to code and to solve a real problem. More than learning to code we believe in empowering students to become creators and using their skill to help others.
Thinking of having your child to learn programming and wondering what careers can coding lead to? Most parents see the importance of coding literacy in helping their children stand out from the crowd and open up doors for their future career. Does Coding only lead to a career in development? We share more on different jobs that coding literacy plays a big part in.
While you are reading this, what are your children doing at home for leisure, usually? Are they playing games using an electronic device? It could be a phone, tablet or laptop. It is amazing when some parents told us that their child of six years old knows how to use an iPad better than they do.
Learning to code has became a trend to both children and adults. More and more parents want to get their children exposed to coding. A very good example is Mark Zuckerberg’s father, a dentist, believes in exposing computer to his children at an early age which has since fostered Mark Zuckerberg’s interest in technology. When speaking to parents, we often hear that they wish to help cultivate coding skills in their children.
Remember Minesweeper and SkiFree, the first few games that you played on a Windows computer? How long do you think you can resist from checking your phone even if there is no notification? From then to now, you will probably agree with me that technology has become an integral part of our life. And behind these devices are rows and rows of code.