Should my kid learn to code? By Maggie Johnson

Should my kid learn to code? By Maggie Johnson

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Maggie Johnson leads Google’s K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science. Within the company she manages all technical training, content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff. Needless to say, she is a qualified thought-leader on the future of computer science and believes coding is a fundamental literacy, like reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Digital literacy is now prevalent in K12 curriculum and some students explore the problem solving process called “computational thinking, ” but too few go the final step and explore coding, says Johnson.  American businesses need many more computing professionals than currently graduating and we need to give kids the opportunity to learn code in school. Exposing more students to coding will improve their digital literacy, computational thinking, and help them decide if a career in high-tech and information technology is of interest to them.

Maggie Johnson published her article “Should My Kid Learn to Code?” on July 14, 2015 in the Google for Education blog.