code.org video - What most schools don't teach
Who knows better than Bill Gates of Microsoft or Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook that coding can change your life? That’s why they support the new computer science non profit - code.org - which helps kids learn coding online for free.
Both Gates and Zuckerberg were part of a star-studded cast in code.org’s promotional video (see above). The fire power of all those famous people proclaiming how learning to code changed their lives propelled the video – What most schools don’t teach – to almost 10 million views on YouTube in three weeks!
Today, all of us depend on digital technologies for our everyday activities whether we’re just socializing with friends or paying bills online. Computers and information systems are everywhere and what makes them work? CODING!!!
So why do only a few people know how to read and write the code our daily tech runs on? Global companies like Facebook are looking to hire as many talented computer engineers as they can find, but the problem is there aren’t enough people who are trained to code! Code.org predicts there will be one million more computer jobs than there are computer science students by 2020. What causes such an imbalance?
Many people think that coding is intimidating, boring, and nerdy. That is the exact reason why Code.org was founded - to break through that stereotype and show the exciting side of coding.
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think” - Steve Jobs
Some people like Bill Gates learned coding in the early stages of their lives and some see coding for the first time if they take post-secondary computer science courses. What’s great about coding is anyone can learn it at anytime, anywhere they can connect online. In fact, you don’t even need to leave your house to start learning code! As Vanessa Hurst, the co-founder of Girl Develop It says, “you don’t have to be a genius to learn how to code - you need to be determined.”
“Coding is similar to playing an instrument or playing a sport” – Drew Houston, Founder of Dropbox
People traditionally think that coding is about creating complex algorithms and making triple-digit calculations in your head. In fact, coding is more about the process of breaking down problems and seeing something you write come to life on a computer screen. It’s a very exciting and humbling experience, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says.
“Coding is something that can be learned…it can be intimidating, but what isn’t?” – Chris Bosh, NBA All-Star
Computer coding or programming is about changing the world by applying computer technology to solve all kinds of problems from healthcare to the environment. The coders or programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future!