Coding for Girls

Now, equality would say that you shouldn’t target an opportunity by gender, but today I am, because women and girls are far behind in a particular set of skills needed for current and future workplaces. Coding is the language that tells computers and digital devices what to do. I like to think about it as a more complex form of this:

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in the Movie the Imitation Game.

While The Imitation Game does talk about code making and breaking it is portrayed as a system of guesswork, your constantly looking for that one string to pull on,  once you find a string to pull on to all comes together.

Back to Karlie, who I alluded to last Tech Tuesday. Karlie Kloss is a model, yep a runway model, she is also a Taylor Swift Girlgang member. She is also a Techie, she vlogs, and instagrams better than most. She helped to run a scholarship programming school, last August.

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This photo comes from the Schools website

21/600 got to go last summer, and I would say more people will apply this year. FYI 14 of the chosen girls had never coded before. Programs like Karlie’s are stepping stones towards improving coding amongst young girls and giving them better skills for the future.

Info about the 2016 Northern Hemisphere Summer can be found at https://precollege.flatironschool.com/cities/new-york/summer/courses

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This is my Fav blog post about the school.

 

General info about the school can be found here:

https://precollege.flatironschool.com/kode-with-karlie

This includes lots of stories about the program, in Video form (I love a video)

 

 

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Code like a Girl!

If you haven’t come across #runlikeagirl your missing out on a powerful message. Today I was shown this amazing video which has reminded me of an amazing person, girl,  model  and Taylor Swift Girlgang member who had a summer school for females learning coding. More on that next time. For now enjoy this piece of inspiration.

When to do what….

This is lovely, by such a beautiful mind
This is lovely, by such a beautiful mind

One of the hardest things about modern day teaching is that it follows the pressures of modern day living. You go to university and they tell you things like.

Children will NOT have full sensation in there fingers until they are 8-10years old, But you walk into a school and you are expected by the curriculum to have children writing by 6.

At the moment there is a need to have children reading earlier and earlier. In the 90’s children were given home readers in Year one the year they turn 6. Teaching in London at the moment  we give home readers to children as young as four, we teacher them shared reading lessons and guided reading lessons. At Four I could write one letter in my name, My brother at 4 could read a short story and write simple words. He at four was ready I at four was not. interestingly while he went one to have a lot more success at school now that we are adults it’s has for now evened out. If you compare us both 23 I held a Bachelors Degree he held 2 Bachelors degrees. I had a steady salary  job he worked casual work. I have no doubt he will be amazing in his adult life but I have defiantly caught up by 23.

So if me not being ready at 4 has no impact on me at 20 something why push it.

Today The Washington Post posted an article Titled

Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

It got me thinking Why?

Please Share your opinions why do you think we should teach reading at 4 years old?