Coding Will Improve Your Child’s Writing Abilities
The average score for literacy at primary 3, and primary 6 in 2010 was at a low of 47% and 40%
respectively. In addition, 60% of the learners in primary 3 and about 70% in primary 6 were below
the 50% proficiency level for literacy for their respective grades.(NAPE 2010).
By integrating ICTs in education, the TOD Idea Ltd looks to tackle this challenge. In this article, I endeavour to show how coding, a very vital 21st century skill, can improve yet another vital 21st century skill, literacy, with a bias towards creative writing.
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Coding is a New Platform for Imaginative Storytelling.
Developing strong writing skills ,especially when paired with technical abilities like coding, all but guarantees your child success in school and beyond.
Writing a script in a story-based game forces children to think through the exact details and consequences of how their characters will act. They can’t be vague, they have to hone their ideas, an important skill that takes practice.
Coding Teaches the Value of Being Concise and Precise.
When children first start coding, it takes them five lines of code to program a character to move across the screen. As they learn more programming concepts, like loops and conditional statements, they can condense that code to two lines.
Children learn that the goal of coding or of writing is to leverage the tools at their disposal in the most powerful way possible to express ideas efficiently and directly. In Luganda, we call this vital skill ‘okutetenkanya’ or improvisation.
These are the children who will write a 500-word job application essay that gets them noticed.
Coding Teaches Planning and Organising Skills
Programming and writing follow a similar process. When children start a coding project, they plan out the different functions they will need and how these functions will work together to make the project work. Likewise, to write an essay, they must organize their ideas into paragraphs and understand how the paragraphs fit together.