The Secret: Coding Is the New Piano

I've been trying to get my kids to spend time not just consuming technology but to create with technology.  Download is second nature to our kids: YouTube videos, iTunes music, App Store apps.  Upload?  Upload is different because it requires you to create something first: a document, a song, a picture, a program, a code, an app.

We are kidding ourselves as adults if we think our kids are 'tech savvy' because they can work the remote and fix our phone.  The savvy kids are the ones working on building a remote that is more intuitive and a phone that doesn't break in the first place.  

Coding is to technology what piano lessons are to music: you learn to read it, play it, write it, understand it - not just listen to it or use it.  Use this list of sites to start your kids down a road of discovery.  Don't believe me?  Ask Bill. 

Coding is an essential part of a child’s education.  It can help with problem solving skills, and other life skills that have nothing to do with the computer.  Take it from Bill Gates…
“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”
Even singer will.i.am agrees kids should get into coding – “Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.”