Teaching young preschool and kindergarten-aged children the digital language has become a priority and trend in the Digital Kids space. Just this month, platforms and apps such as Tynker, Hopscotch and Hakitzu have emerged as fun, game-based ways to teach children basic programming language.
Today, ReadWrite reported on Kodable, yet another app that aims to teach kids how to program. What’s unique about this app, however, is that it targets children as young as three but primarily between the ages of five and seven, reaching them with the digital language before or as they learn how to read.
Co-founded by Grechen Huebner and her cofounder, Jon Mattingly, the Kodable iPad app enhances children’s digital literacy, making programming a second language for them as early as possible in their lives.
“I had gone to a baby shower where the mother got this software called ‘Your Baby Can Read,’ so it started as a joke – oh, what if we created, ‘Your Baby Can Code’? Then we started researching and figuring out that the best time for kids to learn is when they’re really young and still developing their cognitive abilities,” Huebner told ReadWrite.
Kodable has no written instructions, ReadWrite continued. When kids learn to drag and drop items on the iPad, they are deemed ready to play.
The app works by providing children with a series of directional arrow commands, allowing them to lead pastel-colored, fuzzy ball characters through Kodable’s 90 levels.
“Each level, designed by Huebner and programmed by Mattingly, aims to teach kids something about thinking like a programmer to solve problems. As they navigate through the levels, children utilize functions, conditional statements, if/then statements and loops,” ReadWrite added.
“Jobs in software development are increasing at a rate that’s double that of any other industry. There will be jobs. And whether or not kids choose to become programmers when they grow up, understanding technology is still a very important skill,” included Huebner. “Technology is a huge part of our lives and it’s only going to become more a part of our lives. It’s not ever going to go away.”
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