Technology in School

Learning How Students Learn to Code Online

Sep 30, 2014

LEARNING BY TEACHING: "Scary 'code or be coded' rhetoric haunts some of today’s learn-to-code initiatives, which is ridiculous," writes Christina Caciopoppo, an investor-turned-programmer who spent this summer teaching students how to code. "You shouldn’t learn to code if you don’t actually want to. You’ll not be eaten by computers any more than folks were eaten by electricity 100 years ago." Here she shares tips for explaining some of programming's trickiest concepts in layman's terms, along with issues with some of today's learn-to-code programs: "they preference typing over problem solving, and their “problems” deal with swapping variable names or values." Well said, indeed.

Technology in School

Learning How Students Learn to Code Online

Sep 30, 2014

LEARNING BY TEACHING: "Scary 'code or be coded' rhetoric haunts some of today’s learn-to-code initiatives, which is ridiculous," writes Christina Caciopoppo, an investor-turned-programmer who spent this summer teaching students how to code. "You shouldn’t learn to code if you don’t actually want to. You’ll not be eaten by computers any more than folks were eaten by electricity 100 years ago." Here she shares tips for explaining some of programming's trickiest concepts in layman's terms, along with issues with some of today's learn-to-code programs: "they preference typing over problem solving, and their “problems” deal with swapping variable names or values." Well said, indeed.

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