Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Let's Do This: Inspiring Kids To Tell Stories & Code

2013 appeared to be a tipping point for the importance of teaching kids to code. Robot Turtles became the most highly funded board game on KICKSTARTER. Edutopia listed 7 Apps For Teaching Children Coding Skills. Fast Company & Wired and others wrote about the Google & Apple alums who created the "adorable robots" that teach kids to code. Computer Science Education Week's HOUR OF CODE initiative was backed by President Obama:
"Don't just play a video game, make one." 
22,470,816 people participated. 737,999,347 lines of code were written by students.
So why is this important to the publishing industry? Metadata, ebooks & user generated content.
By 2020 computer related employment is expected to rise by 22%. Some of those jobs will be in publishing. Publishing needs digital storytellers & editors. The world needs stories.
“Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.” ― Umberto EcoPostscript to the Name of the Rose
In order to meaningfully participate in an ever increasing digital world, kids need to become creators of content and not just passive consumers. Kids need to be more than data, they need to be able to tell their own stories digitally by learning how to code. They're the future of publishing. Let's inspire them. Let's do this.

You can download this doodle page here: CynthiaJabarKids.com. Happy New Year!

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